Our superstar champions!

We are the Champions: Winners of the inaugural awards celebrate their success and a wonderful evening enjoyed by all

Shining stars who do amazing work across the Colten Group were honoured at our inaugural Colten Champions awards.

Team members from across our homes are toasting success in our first ever Colten Champions awards.

A glittering gala ceremony in Bournemouth saw 12 winners announced by host for the evening, Dr Hilary Jones, the famous TV broadcaster and presenter.

Categories included clinical excellence, caring excellence, teamwork, customer service, resident engagement and dining experience. Altogether, 800 nominations were put forward from among 1,800 colleagues, plus residents, families and other community contacts.

Thirty-three finalists, representing 18 of our 20 homes, plus our Ringwood head office and sister company Colten Developments, were hoping for success on the night.

Among the special guests was one of our residents Tom Storey, who travelled from Canford Chase in Poole to the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel to present the Resident Engagement Award.

Announcing that the awards will become an annual event, Colten Group Chief Executive Mark Aitchison said: “We enjoyed a spectacular night and it was fabulous to see all the winners being cheered as they collected their trophies. We’re already looking forward to next year, more award submissions and the chance to welcome more of our talented people to the red carpet once again.”

Explaining why he was thrilled to be involved as host, TV’s Dr Hilary Jones said: “Most people never get to hear about the great work done in care homes, and yet so much goes on day in, day out.

“From designing and building wonderful care environments to providing the highest standards of personal care, Colten can truly boast a stellar line-up of talent – and that deserves to be celebrated.

“The awards recognise all the little things that everybody does, no matter what their role is, in a collective effort to care for residents and their families. They do a great job. It’s been a privilege to be part of it.”

Dr Hilary Jones said he was thrilled to host the event.

Among the winners, Braemar Lodge in Salisbury won the Home Team of the Year award, with gardener Lesley King picking up the Pride in Your Home award.

Home Manager Alison Bremner said: “We had a fantastic night. Our team have become just like a big family over the years and it’s wonderful to have our work recognised by residents, relatives and visitors.”

Katie Laing, Healthcare Assistant at Whitecliffe House in Blandford, had her Resident Engagement award announced by Canford Chase resident Tom Storey.

Katie, who is also the subject of our 20 Questions feature, said: “I think everyone realised I had won before I did, as they mentioned Health Care Assistant while reading out the winner.  As they called my name all I thought was ‘I need to walk on stage without falling’. I was in complete shock.  I was happy enough just to be nominated as, to me, I was just being myself doing my day-to-day work.

Canford Chase resident Tom Storey joins Dr Hilary Jones onstage to present the Resident Engagement Award

“For people to think this is good enough to nominate me is amazing. So to Rachael and Della, I can’t thank you enough.”

Watch the video

videocameraTo watch a short film of the awards night, visit www.coltencare.co.uk/champions

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