Housekeeper Carol cleans up

WINNER: Carol is presented with her award by comedian Hugh Dennis. With them is Simon Hart from award sponsors Miele Professional.

One of our senior housekeepers has won a national award after she helped keep her care home clean and tidy during an extensive refurbishment.

Carol Martin, Domestic Supervisor at Abbey View in Sherborne, was named Best Care Housekeeper at the National Care Awards.

As well as leading her team of 13 housekeeping and laundry staff ‘from the front and by shining example’, Carol was cited for her exemplary maintenance of services throughout the home’s tenmonth makeover.

The award was announced in front of care sector staff from across the UK at a ceremony hosted by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis at the Hilton London Metropole.

Carol, who was praised for her ‘warmth and empathy for residents’, said: “It was an honour to be nominated and an even greater honour to win. We had a great evening and it was quite overwhelming to go up on stage.

“I thank Jo Ellis, our Home Manager, and all my team because without their help I couldn’t do my job.”

Jo said: “The refurbishments have entailed a complete rebuild from the inside out, but Carol has nevertheless maintained an outstanding level of cleanliness and hygiene in the home, a truly remarkable feat and testimony to her determination and passion for the job.”

Our other finalists this year were Sohail Daniel, Head of Care at Newstone House in Sturminster Newton (for Care Registered Nurse), Janie Pearman, Home Manager at Belmore Lodge in Lymington (for Resident Engagement) and Colten Care Operations Manager Linda Brownlie (for Operations Manager).

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