Belfast care team honoured by international charity at Speaker’s House, Westminster

28 July 2016

The Maples team collect their awardA team of Belfast carers have been recognised for their dedication to providing excellent care by an international charity at an awards ceremony in Speaker’s House, Westminster. 

Leonard Cheshire Disability, which runs The Maples in Belfast, awarded the team there the prestigious chief executive’s award as part of an annual staff awards ceremony on Wednesday 20 July.

The Maples only opened in 2014, offering a variety of supported and sheltered housing options for disabled people, but has already made a huge impact on the lives of people living there.

Service manager Vicky McQuoid said:

‘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.’

The new service is currently home to 31 tenants. One tenant, mother and grandmother Rosie Isaac, said: 

‘When I moved to The Maples I got my life back, I got my family back and they got their mother back.

‘Where I lived before my family couldn’t visit me as much. Now I see them most days.

‘I never dreamed that I could have a chance to regain any personal care skills, or even dare think of looking after grandchildren.’

The Maples joined other finalists at the awards ceremony to celebrate the leading stars at the charity, named after its founder, the war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire.

The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said:

‘Those receiving these awards should be extremely proud of the contribution they make, the lives they improve, and the people they inspire.’

Donal Quigley, who is a team leader at The Maples, said: 

‘I’ve worked in health and social care for the last 14 years and I have had many teams but I’ve never been more proud of the team we have at the Maples.

‘They’ve all made me so happy and reinforced what a joy it is to work in this sector and I’d like to thank them all.’

Leonard Cheshire chair Sally Davis said:

‘I was deeply moved to hear the lengths our winners go to, to improve the lives of disabled people and I would like to express a huge congratulations to them.

‘They should feel particularly proud to have stood out among so many examples of excellence, as the competition for these awards was extremely tight.

‘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.’

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