Gregory House care volunteers celebrated at staff awards

Surprise presentation: The long serving volunteers and staff members were presented with gifts at the ceremony on Monday.
Surprise presentation: The long serving volunteers and staff members were presented with gifts at the ceremony on Monday.

Two long serving care home volunteers were showered with gifts at a surprise presentation on Monday, after being shortlisted as finalists at a special awards ceremony last month.

Gee Phillips and Gill Lenton are part of a team of seven who all volunteer at Gregory House residential home on Welby Gardens.

After being shortlisted as finalists at their annual volunteer of the year staff awards last month, their colleagues wanted to recognise their hard work further. Peripatetic manager Tracy Turfrey handed out flowers and gifts in a short ceremony infront of staff and residents on Monday.

The annual awards are held at the Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa and aim to recognise the hard work and achievements of care home volunteers throughout Lincolnshire. Gee Phillips joined the volunteering team in 2012 and enjoyed it so much that he now works as a carer aswell as still volunteering. He said: I love to spend time with the residents by going for for walks, which gives them time to reminisce and chat.”

Gill Lenton has volunteered at the home for eight years and is always getting the residents involved in some kind of activity from cake decorating and chutney making to making Christmas and Easter decorations and pottery painting. She said: “The most rewarding part is when the residents smile at me and say thank you. There is nothing else quite like it.”

Administrator Beverley Wilson thinks the awards are a great initiative. She said: “They’re a really good way to show our staff how much we appreciate them. They work so hard that if someone says thank you, they might not always hear it.”

It wasn’t just the volunteers who were being recognised on Monday.

Debbie Walters was presented with a long service award after retiring from her permanent role as a housekeeper in March after 15 years but is carrying on as a relief housekeeper. She said: “I wasn’t ready to leave completely.

Gregory house has been part of my home and family for the past 15 years. I value the love, friendship and companionship. The residents appreciate having a face that they all know and trust. I will keep going as long as I can for them.”

Gregory House is a residential care home for the elderly and is part of The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT). For more information on volunteering, contact activities coordinator Zenda Dempster on 01476 562192.