A Surrey care home has taken part in a special virtual event that recognised the outstanding dedication of those working in social care across the county – in what has been a challenging year for the sector.
Staff at Princess Christian Care Centre, near Woking, attended Surrey Care Association’s virtual ‘Celebration of Social Care’ event via Zoom on Friday, November 20th, where care workers were commended for their courageous endeavour to protect residents throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Part of the family-run Nellsar care group, the home’s Recreation and Wellbeing Manager Christine Foster and her team attended the event and submitted 22 videos that highlighted examples of all the amazing work staff have achieved throughout the year.
Despite the pandemic, Princess Christian has still managed to host a socially distanced vintage-style fairground carnival in its grounds and a sports day event to promote mental and physical stimulation and wellbeing during the summer lockdown. Staff also celebrated the 100th birthday of one of its residents – who beat Covid-19 earlier this year – with a surprise visit from a pony. The home’s Physiotherapist Leo Mathew has also been named a finalist in the prestigious Great British Care Awards 2020 for his outstanding service.
Speaking of the event, Christine said: “It was an incredible way to highlight the county’s social care workforce, who have valiantly put themselves on the frontline to protect those they care for throughout the pandemic. It was a really emotional occasion for all involved, where care providers had the chance to come together and be recognised for their work this year, while also sharing inspirational stories and highlights of going above and beyond in their respective care environments.”
Princess Christian Care Centre has been a proud winner of several Surrey Care Association awards in the past, but this year’s usual annual ceremony focussed on paying tribute to the incredible efforts undertaken by the whole sector’s workforce, being deemed to apply to everyone this year.
Martin Barrett, Nellsar’s Managing Director, said: “I can speak on behalf of everyone at Princess Christian Care Centre when I say that unique events like this really mean a lot to everyone working in care home settings. They highlight individuals and teams who have truly been nothing short of heroic this year. Thank you to all who joined us and for protecting the people of Surrey.”