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The Carer’s Christmas Unsung Hero is Announced!

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We are delighted to announce The Carer Unsung Hero for Christmas 2018!

And the winner is… Wayne Philips of Select Lifestyles, who provide care for adults living with learning difficulties in the West Midlands. Wayne is described by his peers as being “the backbone”, going above and beyond all that comes naturally to him providing support not only to the residents in care but also to his colleagues.

Wayne is renowned for his mentoring of new staff, giving up his own time covering days off, sickness, getting involved in many fundraising activities helping raise £15,000 for cancer research in 2017, and we are delighted that Wayne is The Carer “unsung hero for Christmas 2018”.

A wonderful two-night break for two in a selection of luxury hotels will be on its way to Wayne, which we are sure he will enjoy!

Once again it was very difficult for our team here to pick an outright winner. We had many heart warming and uplifting nominations so once again we are adding two runners-up prizes of £50 each in Marks and Spencer’s gift vouchers.

And, it gives us great pleasure to recognise the hard work Linda Smailes who works at Careys Lodge Care Home in Bucks as an activities organiser. 73 year old Linda is known for her enthusiasm and boundless energy organising Christmas bazaars, summer fêtes, dances and functions as well as trips out, and Linda is a keen gardener who along with the residents keeps the care home gardens in pristine condition.

Our second runner-up is Shaun Bate who is head chef at Penhurst Gardens Care Home in Oxfordshire. Aside from his kitchen duties as head chef, which include a keen attention to nutrition and dietary requirements, Shaun also acts as a mentor and role model to his team, and also takes part in many extracurricular activities and is well known for his weekly general knowledge quiz. Shaun prepares an age UK memory Café and an in-house bistro at the home which is open to the general public which gives the home and residents the opportunity to engage with the local community.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who put forward nominations we had a wonderful response and it was very difficult indeed to pick an outright winner. It does make us very proud and very humble to be involved in some way in such a magnificent caring profession.

Well done to everybody you are an absolute credit to the industry, and we here at The Carer will take this opportunity to wish you all our sincere best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

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