Commercial laundry equipment specialist, WASHCO, has celebrated unsung care and nursing home laundry heroes with the announcement of the winners of its 2021 Love Laundry Awards.
After receiving nominations for the Individual and Team categories, the finalists of the awards were invited to the Care Show 2021, where the winners received top prizes.
The Individual award winner was Annmarie Bradshaw (pictured below) from Excelcare’s Etheldred House, who will receive a domestic Miele washing machine for her own home, fully installed courtesy of WASHCO’s in-house team.
Annmarie had been working at Etheldred House for 13 years and works full-time in the laundry.
She was nominated by her General Manager, Santall Horn, who said: “Annmarie is dedicated and caring, doing so much more than is required of her job role. She truly exceeds all expectations.
“Annmarie’s work is always done to the highest standard, ensuring everything is done before she leaves for the day. She never complains or leaves a task for someone else to sort out, she does it herself.
“The laundry room is immaculate, and we never receive any complaints about the residents’ clothes, or anything related to the laundry. She takes lots of pride in her workspace.
“Annmarie leads the housekeeping team in the absence of the housekeeper and inducts new staff. Annmarie always sets a positive example for others.
“I am very lucky to have a team member like Annmarie working at Etheldred House. She deserves this recognition and award.”
Annmarie added: “I feel so lucky and grateful to be nominated and overwhelmed to have won the award. The experience on the day was lovely and I am grateful to WASHCO for recognising people working in this field. Even though the word ‘thank you’ sounds so insignificant, I really do mean it – thank you WASHCO.”
Winning the Team award was Cote Street Laundry Team from St Monica Trust, who won a Sonos speaker system for their laundry area.
The team, consisting of: Jane Brailsford, Zoe Cook, Fransisco Lopes, Ali Sayed, Jackie Cockwell, Chris Elkins, Vanda Andrade, Katie Skuse, Lisa Stone, Aimee Godfrey and Matthew Cooper, often wash around five tons of laundry a week, across their four care homes around Bristol.
Darren Way, Estates Services Manager at St Monica Trust, nominated the team as he said they are “hardworking, always smiling, and will go that extra mile for anyone”.
He continued: “When COVID arrived last year, all staff who worked in the care homes had to wear scrubs which added an extra two tons of laundry per week. The laundry team was suddenly required to extend their hours (6am to 9pm) to adjust to the extra scrubs being washed. They worked seven days a week, for the best part of a year to ensure all staff in the care homes had scrubs. There was also additional linen being washed due to infection control procedures. The team did this with smiles on their faces even when face masks were required to be worn in the laundry.”
Commenting on the Love Laundry Awards, WASHCO’s Marketing Manager, Emily Stoten, said: “It’s been brilliant to hear so many inspirational stories and celebrate those who have gone above and beyond. We’re looking forward to keeping the awards going in 2022 as our way of saying thank you.”