A care assistant from Pershore will proudly represent her home and Sanctuary Care after being shortlisted for one of the most prestigious national care awards of the year.
Netty Mitchell, who has worked at Heathlands Residential Care Home in Station Road for over 13 years, has just found out that she has been shortlisted for ‘The Carer’ award in The National Care Awards 2016, run by Hawker Publications Ltd.
Netty had no idea she was being nominated by Sanctuary Care for the accolade so was in complete shock to find out that she had not only been put forward but has got through to the finals, where she will go head to head with four fellow carers from across the country.
The 63-year-old, who lives in Pershore said: “I am in shock more than anything, I just can’t take it in as I don’t think I deserve an award – to me I am just doing my job the very best way I can. My mother is 92 next month and I treat my residents the way I would treat her. We are like one big family here, the staff, our residents and their family and friends.”
Netty’s manager at the home, which provides residential care and dementia care, Netty (Matthews) said: “Netty is full of happiness. You can just feel her vibes and it automatically makes you smile. She lifts the spirits of anyone she is in contact with. Residents just seem to warm to her and smile as soon as they see her. Netty does not see the gift she has and will often say ‘I’m just doing my job’, that is what makes her so special and makes us so proud to work with her.”
The submission for Netty’s nomination highlights the positive impact she has on her residents and their loved ones with the exceptional kindness she shows them, as well as her colleagues in the home, who she motivates and inspires with her positivity and unwavering support.
Speaking about how proud she feels of Netty, Angela Cooper, the daughter of resident Violet Sirman said: “It’s fantastic I think it is marvellous news. She is such a kind and caring person and she’s very attentive to mum and all the other residents.”
Following an interview with Hawker Publications Limited, who have run what is one of the most prestigious awards in the care calendar for 18 years, Netty has been invited to attend a glittering gala night on Friday 25 November in London, which will be hosted by actor Larry Lamb, where she will find out if she has won the title.