Outstanding care workers, teams and organisations were celebrated in an awards ceremony organised by Lincolnshire Care Association in Lincoln on Thursday – including some from Grantham.
The Lincolnshire Care Awards 2016 were presented by BBC Radio Lincolnshire presenter Dave Bussey in nine categories, with each award sponsored by a business or organisation.
The extra mile team at Grantham’s Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre and Thera support workers, also in Grantham, were finalists in the Team that has made the Difference Award, sponsored by NatWest.
Karen Culy, of The Old Hall in Billingborough, won the Shakespeare Martineau Residential Care Award, while Alison Goodyear and Kayleigh Meanwell, of Apple Trees, were finalists.
Valerie Fortune and Richard Mills, both of Thera, were finalists for the Lincolnshire County Council Community Care Award.
Denise Booth, of Apple Trees, and Glenda Harker, of Thera, were finalists in the ACCTV Inspirational Leader Award category.
Finally, Shelly Perry, of Apple Trees, was a finalist for the LILP Newcomer in Social Care Award.
Councillor Patricia Bradwell, executive member for adult care at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
“It’s great to recognise the fantastic care workers that go above and beyond every day to give the best care to the people they look after.
“The council is proud to have been involved in the event, supporting the Community Care award.”
Melanie Weatherley, chairman of the Lincolnshire Care Association, said: “It’s been an honour to be able to host this event and recognise the cream of the crop from the care sector in Lincolnshire. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.
“I meet brilliant care workers, nurses and leaders in the industry every day. We don’t often hear about their contributions and achievements but we should, because the work they do is so important and valued by the people they care for, and their colleagues.
“We wanted to promote care as a worthwhile career, so we thought, what better way to do it than to look for the best in care in Lincolnshire and recognise them through a fantastic night like tonight. We have had representatives from every part of the county and will definitely be holding another awards event next year.”