A CARE home activity co-ordinator has won a national award for more than 20 years of selfless work.
Sue Box, of Abbott House care home in Oundle, beat competition from more than 4,000 staff to be named Activity Based Carer of the Year in operator Shaw healthcare’s annual Shaw Star Awards.
Sue said: “I’m so happy to win this award. It felt great just to be nominated, but to actually win was such a surprise.
“We’re so focused day-to-day on caring for people, you don’t think about awards or accolades, so to get this came as a real shock – but a very good one.
“It’s fantastic to know that what you do is so valued. Nothing beats getting a thank you from those you care for or their families, but to receive an award like this is the next best thing, so I’d like to thank everyone who made this possible.”
Ms Box was recognised for her tireless organisation of trips, fetes, concerts and various entertainment events for the residents at Abbott House, where she has worked for more than 22 years.
She does much of the planning for the activity schedule in her own time.
Last year she took it upon herself to knit 40 Christmas pudding bags for the home’s residents, placing chocolate in each as a gift.
The award ceremony saw more than 200 of Shaw’s staff gather at the Hilton Hotel in Swindon to celebrate the very best care workers across its UK facilities.
Chief executive Jeremy Nixey said: “The Shaw Star Awards are all about celebrating the great contribution of our staff, and the hard work and dedication they show on a daily basis to ensure our standards of care are the very best that they can be.
“As an employee-owned company, we feel it’s important that we acknowledge those that go above and beyond the call of duty in their care, so these awards are for them.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and nominees, and to thank every one of our fantastic team that continue to do us proud.”
Shaw healthcare provides care to individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living arrangements, extra care schemes and domiciliary care settings.
Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community.