Unsung heroes take centre stage at Dignity in Care Awards

Release Date: 29 September 2017

Care workers and personal assistants who go the extra mile to provide outstanding care and support to local residents were championed by Richmond Council at a prestigious awards ceremony today (27 September).

Local heroes who work across the borough's care sector took centre stage at the Dignity in Care Awards which was held in the Clarendon Hall, York House. Now in its fifth year, the awards recognise good quality care within the borough, raise awareness of dignity in care, inspire local care workers and personal assistants to deliver outstanding care and support and reward staff and teams that make a difference.

There were four awards up for grabs this year and the winners included: 

Samantha Laye-Sion - Ken Yew Personal Assistant of the Year Award

Samantha won for the support she has offered a resident who is severely ill with dementia and their family.

Fatima Ahmad - Carer of the Year (Learning Disabilities)

Fatima was nominated by a client with learning disabilities. The client praised Fatima for how helpful she is – helping with everyday tasks, social activities, jobs and clothing. She is always a positive person.

Dudi Dollani - Carer of the Year (Older People's Care Homes)

Dudi was nominated due to her hard work – especially on night shifts. She shares her experience and natural caring ability with new staff with an open and friendly attitude.

Maria Tess Gough - Carer of the Year (Home Support & Day Care)

Maria was nominated by a resident in recognition of the exceptional attentive care she provides for a close friend suffering from a terminal illness.

On the day everyone was a winner. All nominees received a certificate presented by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Benedict Dias. They were thanked by the judges:

  • Richmond Council’s Gill Ford
  • Trustee of Age UK Richmond upon Thames, Veronica Schroter
  • Chief Executive of Ruils, Cathy Maker
  • Lucy Byrne, CEO Richmond AID
  • Pammie Rayment, Trustee of Mencap Richmond

Richmond Council's Cabinet Member for Adults' Services, Cllr David Marlow, said:

“Richmond upon Thames provides first-class care to those who need it most and these awards are about highlighting the carers who make this happen. Every single person nominated for an award should be proud of their astonishing achievements. Special recognition goes to Samantha, Fatima, Dudi and Maria, for raising the bar even higher by going above and beyond their duty.”

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Reference: P449/17

Updated: 2 October 2017