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Local Volunteers through to Four Season’s Care Awards Finals

Fred and Jean Park, who volunteer at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside have made the finals of the Four Season’s Care Awards in the Volunteer of the Year category for their commitment to giving their free time to help others.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Mr. and Mrs. Park demonstrated how they continue to offer their time and bring a little joy to everyday experiences for our residents.

During the judging process for the Regional Volunteer of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included evidence that someone who’s energy has a positive impact on the lives of the residents in one of our homes.

Mr. and Mrs. Park were nominated by a member of the care team. Their nomination read: “The couple has made a difference to the lives of the residents at Laurels Lodge when they helped complete the home’s sensory garden project. They both worked really hard and have put the time and effort in to make the garden the beautiful place it is today. Now the residents have a garden where they can spend time relaxing peacefully Not only that, the couple actively get involved in all of our fundraising events, and help to maintain the grounds around our home. They are truly deserving of this award.

As the winner for Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, Mr. and Mrs. Park are automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. They will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Grampian, said: “Fred and Jean have developed a beautiful sensory garden for the residents. They freely give their own time and continue to do so even given the challenges to their own health. The gardens are enjoyed every day by the residents and have improved their quality of life.”

John Kirk, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “Nearly every time I visit this home I am likely to bump into Mr. and Mrs. Park. They continue to be a friend to the home, even after Mrs. Park’s mother sadly passed away. Their ongoing support to Laurels Lodge has been exceptional and nothing is ever too much for them. The difference they made by creating the sensory garden in what was an unsightly piece of waste ground was stunning and now a much loved place for everyone to enjoy. A lovely couple who are very worthy winners of this regional award.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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