Volunteers and Staff Honoured at Awards Lunch

19th January, 2012

ExtraCare staff and volunteers were honoured yesterday at an awards lunch to celebrate their contributions to the charity's retirement villages and schemes.

Four of the five winners of the Liz Taylor Memorial Awards: Julie Weston, Norma Humphries, Molly Bartlett and Ann Dentith.

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 country.

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 honour."

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 award.

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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