An amazing Sanctuary Care home worker is shocked and overwhelmed after getting through to the national finals of the Great British Care Awards.
Kay Walker, a domestic supervisor from Brambles Residential Care Home in Redditch, has just been crowned winner of the Ancillary Worker category of the West Midlands regional finals of the prestigious annual care awards.
Having worked at the home for four years, Kay was nominated for the kindness and compassion she shows her residents, as well as the incredible attention to detail she pays to doing things which bring them happiness and make them feel completely at home.
The nomination also highlighted how respecting her residents’ dignity and privacy is always at the forefront of her mind.
Speaking after the awards, which took place at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Friday (30 November) she said: “I am very grateful to have been put forward for this amazing award and was so surprised when they called my name out on the evening.
“Everything that I do is for the residents, to make sure that they are happy within their home. I am so thankful to each and every one of them - they all put a smile on my face.”
Kay was not alone at the finals, she was joined by colleagues and fellow finalists – the home’s senior care assistant Harvey Thandi (who was in the running for The Frontline Leaders Award), Brambles’ Activities Leader Fiona Morsy (up for the Care Home Activities Organiser Award) as well as Val Murphy, a care assistant at Sanctuary Care’s Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore, who was in the running for the Care Home Worker Award. Despite not winning, they were all enormously proud of Kay’s victory.
Brambles’ home manager Andrew Woodward said: “Everyone at Sanctuary Care is thrilled for Kay. The way she supports our residents with such kindness, empathy and compassion is wonderful to see. She is inspirational to our team and residents alike and we are really lucky to have her in our home.”
Following the accolade – Kay will now go to the grand finals of the Great British Care Awards at the ICC in March 2019, where she will find out if she is a national winner.