Hundreds of residents at more than 20 care homes in the south have honoured the staff who enable them to live the best lives they can every day.
Colten Care’s Champions awards prompted nominations across nine categories reflecting a range of clinical and non-clinical care.
Individuals, teams, homes and departments were all recognised as the annual scheme culminated in a glittering black-tie evening at Bournemouth’s Highcliff Marriott Hotel.
Around 140 guests dressed up in style for the awards ceremony and celebration, hosted by TV presenter Dr Hilary Jones.
Colten Care residents were represented by special guest Jean Smith, who lives in Poole home Bourne View.
She had previously met Dr Hilary at the home’s official opening in spring 2019 when her late husband, former Poole Mayor Ray Smith MBE, became the first resident to move in.
Catching up with the broadcaster and author once again as they stood on stage, Jean said: “I can’t believe I’m here.”
She then presented Rosa Santos, Senior Care Lead at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, with the inaugural award for Resident and Relative Choice.
Among other category winners, Lucy O’Brien, Senior Administrator at Bourne View, who won the Warm Welcome award, described the moment her name was read out.
She said: “It was amazing, a total surprise. I was in a complete daze and then got quite emotional. It was lovely to go up and receive the award in front of everyone and meet Hilary Jones.”
Colten Care Chief Executive Mark Aitchison said:
“Colten Champions celebrates the pride and passion our amazing team shows every single day, caring for our residents and their families.
“It is an immense privilege to lead a team full of superstars, always prepared to go above and beyond.
“We thank everyone who put in a Colten Champions nomination and congratulate all the winners, finalists and nominees.”
Mark’s comments were echoed by Colten Care’s Chief Operating Officer Elaine Farrer, who added: “There are so many shining examples of our team supporting and caring for residents, embodying our values and consistently putting the resident at the very heart of all they do.”
After the ceremony, Dr Hilary said: “Colten Champions truly reflects the importance of quality care delivered by a team working together for the benefit of residents. It’s a great initiative and the awards evening is always such a happy occasion.”