As you might be aware, WoodleighCare entered the Great British Care awards last year, a national competition which highlights outstanding care. WoodleighCare itself were a finalist out of over 2000 nominations in the regional finals for the Care Employer Award! The event was held at ‘The Belfry’ in Nottingham, where we enjoyed a 3 course meal, followed by an academy awards style ceremony. We are pleased to announce that we won! We received a trophy and a certificate, and progressed onto the National Finals!
Following our success at the Regional finals, we were honoured and excited to attend our second national final in 2 years! The event was held in Birmingham and was a celebration of the UK’s greatest achievements in care in the last year. The organisers put on a fantastic evening and the awards ceremony was hosted by none other than Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and TV’s Eastenders.
Martin spent the evening visiting the finalists and posing for photos, before stepping into his role to present the awards. The amount of talent and dedication in the room was amazing to see, and every person and team that were nominated were worthy of the award. Unfortunately we were pipped to the post by some incredible candidates.
However we didn’t leave empty handed. Unbeknownst to him, one of our volunteers and close friends Reverend Bob Jones, was nominated for the unpaid carer award. He had been invited as a special guest, and thought the he was there to enjoy the evening. Little did he know that he was really there to receive an award for all of the dedication and care that he gives to his wife. Needless to say Bob was speechless and we couldn’t be prouder to be able to call him our friend!
Congratulations Bob and Joan!
The photos of the evening are available to view online now here on the Great British Care Awards website.