TWO of South Holland’s care homes are celebrating after scooping prizes at the Great East Midlands Care Awards.
Spalding’s Tanglewood Cedar Falls matron Nike Ajewole beamed with pride as she was named registered manager of the year at the ceremony in Nottingham.
Staff at Country Court Care, which runs homes in Spalding, Holbeach and Market Deeping, also had reason to smile as the firm picked up the title of care employer of the year.
Nike was nominated by residents’ relatives and members of her team.
She said: “I was so surprised and ecstatic when my name was called out. I am so proud to receive this award.
“I would like to thank all of the staff at Cedar Falls for their continued support and hard work, this award is for all of us and working together as an excellent team.
“Also, I would like to thank the directors, Tracy and Martin Shelbourn, for believing in me.”
Cedar Falls intends to hold its own awards evening to recreate the event so residents, staff and relatives can share in the success.
Members of the Kachra family picked up the care employer award on behalf of Country Court Care.
The firm has grown from Beech Lodge, near Holbeach, at the outset to a flourishing group of eight residential and nursing homes today.
A spokesman for the group said it was a “huge achievement and a great acknowledgement of the growing success of the organisation”.
Alison Oldham, who works for Nestor in Sutton Bridge, and Jayne Scotney, from Barchester Healthcare in Bourne, were also named among the finalists for the care newcomer and dementia carer categories respectively.