Leonard Cheshire Disability honours its stars at Speaker’s House, Westminster

28 July 2016

Staff award winners at Speaker's HouseLeonard Cheshire Disability paid tribute to its shining stars in a prestigious ceremony at Speaker’s House, Westminster.

The international charity celebrated employees nominated for going above and beyond the call of duty and embodying the values of the charity’s war hero and humanitarian founder, Leonard Cheshire, at their third annual staff awards on Wednesday 20 July.

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.’

One of the winners, Orpa Ogot, had come all the way from Kenya to receive the charity’s chair’s award, after impressing judges with her outstanding contribution to the lives of disabled people through Leonard Cheshire’s international work.

Orpa said:

‘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.’

She added she felt ‘great’ to work at Leonard Cheshire.

Orpa’s day-to-day work involves visiting communities throughout Kenya to encourage disabled children into education and supporting teachers to integrate them into school activities.

In addition, she regularly meets with local government and non-government organisations in the country.

The charity also recognised an entire care home team from Belfast for their commitment to the charity’s UK work.

The Maples home 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.

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.’

Donal Quigley, who is a team leader there, 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 Disability 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.’

Leonard Cheshire also awarded manager Sue Weeks from their Greathouse service in Wiltshire, physiotherapist Mary Clare Faulkner from Gloucestershire House in Gloucestershire and the entire team from Godfrey Robinson House in Yorkshire for all their hard work to improve the lives of disabled people.

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A full list of the award winners are:

  • Innovation and improvement: Mary Clare Faulkner, physiotherapist at Gloucestershire House in Gloucestershire, a care home with nursing for adults with physical disabilities.
  • Excellence and impact: the staff from Godfrey Robinson House in Yorkshire, the home for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
  • Inspirational manager: Sue Weeks, service manager at Greathouse in Wiltshire, a home with nursing care for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
  • Chief executive’s award: the staff from The Maples team in Belfast, which offers supported and sheltered housing.
  • The chair’s award: Orpa Orgot, from our inclusive education project in Kenya.