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Hallmark Care Homes shortlisted for six Wales Care Awards

7 November 2017

Hallmark Care Homes shortlisted for six Wales Care Awards

Six team members from Shire Hall, Greenhill Manor and our Central Support office have been shortlisted for the prestigious Wales Care Awards.

Hannah Leggat, Ashden Prance-Bowen and Carys Davis from Shire Hall, our care home in Cardiff, are up for awards in the ‘Nurse of the Year’, ‘Exceptional Newcomer’ and the ‘Excellence in Catering’ categories.

Karen Beech and Karen Wilcox George from Greenhill Manor, our care home in Merthyr Tydfil, are finalists in the ‘Leadership and Management in Residential Care Services’ and ‘Excellence in Palliative and End of Life Care’ categories.

Meanwhile, Executive Chef Brian Lane, who supports all 16 of our homes has also been shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Catering’ category.

The esteemed awards, first established in 2003 by Care Forum Wales, seeks to reward the champions in the sector and raise public awareness of the contribution made by the social care workforce.

Chef, Carys Davies said: “I was over the moon when I found out I’d been nominated, I was really delighted and obviously very proud!”

Clinical Care Manager, Karen Beech said: “I’m not one for the limelight, but it’s very rewarding to hear what other people think of you and it’s given me a boost.

“My job is incredibly rewarding – you don’t have to do anything massive to make a difference, whether it’s a resident or team member, it’s the small things that count.”

Care Assistant, Ashden Prance-Bowen said: “I’m really pleased, it feels amazing to be appreciated and I’m still in shock.”

Unit Manager, Karen Wilcox George said: “It’s an honour to be shortlisted, and I’m looking forward to the night.

“I love my work. It’s making sure there is the best possible experience for everybody. People deserve compassion and dignity.

“We provide support for residents and their families and we get to know the ins and outs of their lives.”

Nurse, Hannah Leggat said: “I am over the moon to have been recognised as a finalist! I always wanted to care for elderly people, it goes back to the years I spent looking after my Nan.”

Hallmark Care Homes Executive Chef, Brian Lane said: “It feels great to be shortlisted, I enjoy working alongside my team and I like to think I treat my colleagues with respect, you are not going to achieve anything by bellowing at anyone and if you do a good job with your colleagues on the frontline, the residents will benefit!”

Chair of Care Forum Wales, Mario Kreft MBE said: “The event is now firmly established as one of the highlights in the Welsh social care calendar.

“The aim is to recognise the unstinting and often remarkable dedication of our unsung heroes and heroines across Wales.

“The care sector is full of wonderful people because it’s not just a job it’s a vocation – these are the people who really do have the X Factor.

“If you don’t recognise the people who do the caring you will never provide the standards that people need and never recognise the value of the people who need the care in society.

“We need to do all we can to raise the profile of the care sector workforce – they deserve to be lauded and applauded.”

The winners of the Wales Care Awards will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on 17th November at City Hall in Cardiff.

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