Doreen Knight of Caring Homes has scooped the Carer of the Year award at the National Care Awards.
The senior care assistant, who has been working at Walstead Place near Lindfield, West Sussex for 30 years, was presented with her award by former Boyzone member and Coronation Street actor Keith Duffy.
Doreen said: “I’m still taking it in, but it feels very special. I’m lucky to work with a wonderful team at Walstead and I enjoy what I do. It is lovely to be recognised for my work.”
Jacquie Ferguson, home manager at Walstead Place, said: “I can’t express how proud we are of Doreen. We’ve known for many years what a fantastic carer she is, and now it’s been acknowledged locally and nationally. What an achievement!
“She is a great member of the team and residents and colleagues alike will be thrilled for her. Nobody deserves this accolade more.”
The judges chose Doreen because of her dedication and passion to care and support for those in her care every day, without exception.
They said: “The scope of what Doreen achieves is endless, and hugely diverse, to include a vast amount of activities, shopping (in her own time), baking, dressing up for parties at the home, minibus trips – all in addition to the faultless and detailed care that Doreen provides naturally. Her enthusiasm for care and diversity is obvious, and her question to all is ‘When can we do this again?’ ”