Staff Awards 2016
29 July 2016
All the people who contribute to our charity do incredible work, but recently we honoured a few of the people who really stood out this year at the third annual Staff Awards at Speaker’s House, Westminster.
Let's meet the winners.
The chair's award
Orpa Ogot came all the way from Kenya to receive the chair’s award, after impressing judges with her outstanding contribution to the lives of disabled people through our international work.
‘I won! I did not know I would win. I said to my friend who has come with me to the awards, let what come, come — I did not mind. Just being here was so nice.’
Chief executive's award
The Maples won the chief executive’s award for having a profound impact on the lives of disabled people!
The success of The Maples comes after only opening in 2014, offering a variety of supported and sheltered housing options for disabled people.
‘We’re over the moon and it is very motivating for the whole team to get this recognition.
‘The team at The Maples truly are inspirational. They have made a massive difference to the lives of disabled people over the past two years, and the service continues to develop and grow.’
Inspirational manager award
Sue Weeks, service manager at Greathouse, impressed judges with her vision for the home with nursing care for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
She was commended on her commitment to high standards of nursing and care.
‘I was just very, very shocked that anyone thought I could be an inspiration to anybody.
‘It’s lovely, just to feel that you’re appreciated because nobody ever says thank you to a manager.
‘You’re always there for your staff, so it’s nice that somebody has actually said thank you. Well, they’ve said more than thank you.’
Excellence and impact award
The staff at Godfrey Robinson House were rewarded for all their hard work.
The service impressed judges with their excellent team work, remaining calm and professional, when illness threatened the service while a surprise CQC inspection took place at the home for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
‘It felt really good to win — we were surprised to be shortlisted!
‘It’s lovely and it does mean a lot, but the thing is you just get on and you do [your job], you don’t think about it.’
Innovation and improvement award
Mary Clare stood out thanks to her campaign for an inclusive cycling project for the residents at Gloucestershire House.
‘It’s amazing, it’s quite a shock [to win]; it really was a shock.
‘It’s nice to have [the campaign] recognised.
‘There are no adaptive cycling facilities at the moment, so that’s what I want, to make it happen.
‘I know that people want it, not just for Gloucestershire House, but because there’re people in the community too that want it. The need is definitely out there.’
Praise for the winners
‘Hearing about all the energy, compassion and creativity with which they approach their roles is truly inspiring and their hard work makes me feel immensely privileged to be part of Leonard Cheshire Disability.’
‘Those receiving these awards should be extremely proud of the contribution they make, the lives they improve, and the people they inspire.’