The winners of the Liz Taylor Memorial Award, given in memory of
one of the founding directors of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust,
were treated to a celebratory meal at Beacon Park Village with
ExtraCare's Chief Executive, Nick Abbey, and Commissioning Director
Angela Bradford, Human Resources Director Angela Harding and
Operations Director Leann Hearne.
Residents from all over ExtraCare nominated staff and volunteers
who they believed have given exceptional service to residents and
consistently demonstrated the values of ExtraCare.
The prizes were given by Liz Taylor's husband, Vernon, who was
unable to attend due to illness. However, he intends to visit all
of the winners at their retirement villages and schemes around the
Norma Humphries, who volunteers at St Dominic's Court in
Stoke-on-Trent, won the main prize.
She has been part of the team at St Dominic's for 20 years,
starting as a housekeeper before training as a Resident Support
Worker. After her retirement, she has continued to volunteer at the
retirement scheme, helping out with arts and crafts. She had also
known Liz and was able to share stories of her during the meal.
She said: "It was such a surprise to get the letter. When I got
it, I didn't believe it because there are so many people who do
such a lot around ExtraCare. Then I read that it was Liz's award
and that it was being chosen by residents, and it felt like a real
Ann Dentith, a resident support worker at Camoys Court, also in
Stoke-on-Trent, was awarded one of the smaller prizes. She said: "I
often think I have the best job in ExtraCare. I get to spend so
much time with the residents and I love it. I started ten years ago
on a six-month contract and I've never looked back!"
Another prize was won by Julie Weston, who is the receptionist
at New Oscott Village. She has worked at the retirement village
since before it opened in 2010, and her hard work and going beyond
the call of her duty had inspired residents to nominate her for the
Volunteer Molly Bartlett from Broadway Gardens in Wolverhampton
said that she wanted to thank Vernon. "I think we should send our
thanks to him for doing this for us. It's really lovely, very
thoughtful, and I'm very grateful."
Molly has been part of Broadway Gardens since before it was an
ExtraCare property, having been a matron at the nursing home which
used to be on the site. Now 80, she still volunteers at the
Bushbury retirement scheme, and Manager Jenny Jackson said that she
wouldn't be able to manage without hr.
Richard Clarke, a volunteer at Terryspring Court, was also
awarded a prize but was unable to attend the celebration.
Nick Abbey said that choosing the winners of the competition had
been tough. "It was very difficult to look through all those
nominations and decide on the best ones, but it's honestly one of
the nicest parts of the job.
"It's so nice to have got three volunteers and two staff
members, and that we have got a mix from some of our oldest schemes
and one of our newer villages. It's great to see what a wide
ranging group we are!"
Picture: Four of the five winners of the Liz
Taylor Memorial Awards: Julie Weston, Norma Humphries, Molly
Bartlett and Ann Dentith.
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