A carer from Spalding has been named East Midlands Carer of the Year at a glitzy ceremony in Nottingham.
Georgina Exposito (50) won her award for her work at St John’s Care Home in Hawthorn Bank after being nominated by her manager and deputy manager.
On Tuesday, Georgina was presented with her award once more in front of co-workers, residents, family and the Spalding Guardian.
Georgia said: “I am so proud. I’m still coming down from the excitement on Friday night and it’s not really sunk in yet.”
Georgina started working at the care home in 2012 as a housekeeper but was “badgered” to consider becoming a carer by staff and residents.
Acting manager Anna Lewkowicz said: “She’s really good at what she does. She was domestic staff at first but she began picking up care shifts and we thought she should become a full time carer.
“We are so proud of her - everyone loves her here, all of the residents, staff and the families too - she’s excellent.”
It didn’t take long for Georgia to become a carer and she says it’s been one of her best decisions yet.
She said: “Once I got used to the job I felt like it was perfect for me. I love it.”
Following the awards on Friday night, Georgina will now be put into the national final to compete against other carers from other regions in the UK, but she won’t know if she has won until next year.
She said: “I love what I do and I never in my wildest dreams expected to win this award.
“It’s been a great year and this has just topped it off. I’m going to leave the award here so that everyone can see it and feel just as proud as I do. I like all of the residents here and couldn’t pick a favourite – it’s a great place to work.”
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