Upper Beeding care home celebrates award success

Sarah Mack, winner of the End of Life Care Award, Emma Wood, finalist for the Individual Student Achievement Award, Valerie Manor resident Maria Westwood, Gemma Fielder, winner of the Young Care Worker Award, Andrew Brown, winner of the Chairs Award for Endeavour, and Valerie Manor owner and manager Zo� Bates
Sarah Mack, winner of the End of Life Care Award, Emma Wood, finalist for the Individual Student Achievement Award, Valerie Manor resident Maria Westwood, Gemma Fielder, winner of the Young Care Worker Award, Andrew Brown, winner of the Chairs Award for Endeavour, and Valerie Manor owner and manager Zo� Bates

FOUR staff from an Upper Beeding care home have received awards at the West Sussex Care Accolades 2013.

Valerie Manor, in Henfield Road, celebrated as three were voted winners in their categories and one was a runner-up.

Owner and manager Zoë Bates said: “I cannot even begin to express how proud I was. This year saw a record number of nominations across the region, making it even more difficult for the judges to choose.”

Sarah Mack won the End of Life Care Award, Emma Wood was a finalist for the Individual Student Achievement Award, Gemma Fielder won the Young Care Worker Award and Andrew Brown won the Chairs Award for Endeavour.

Andrew, who has a degree of learning difficulties, started work at the home following the death of his nan there.

He was nominated as a ‘truly inspirational carer’ and praised for his determination and calm caring approach.

“Huge congratulations to all our finalists for receiving these awards for their constant hard work and dedication,” added Zoë.

The awards ceremony was held at the Arundel Wetland Centre, with guest speakers Amanda Rogers, director of adult services at West Sussex County Council, and Karen Stevens from Skills for Care, which supports employers to develop the knowledge and skills of care workers.

Zoë said: “There were lots of happy tears at the event as the presenters spoke very highly of care staff and the job that they do.

“The accolades honour extraordinary individuals and organisations that provide social care services to the residents of West Sussex.

“The various awards which constitute the accolades recognise those whose work has been particularly noteworthy, and who exemplify the long-term commitment that characterises many social care providers.”

Two residents from Valerie Manor joined staff for the trip.