Wiltshire woman honoured by international charity at Speaker’s House, Westminster

28 July 2016

Sue Weeks smiling after winning her awardA Wiltshire woman has been recognised for her dedication to providing excellent care by an international charity at an awards ceremony in Speaker’s House, Westminster. 

Leonard Cheshire Disability, which runs Greathouse care home in Chippenham, awarded service manager Sue Weeks the prestigious inspirational manager award as part of their annual staff awards on Wednesday 20 July.

Sue impressed judges with her vision for Greathouse, a home with nursing care for adults with physical and learning disabilities.

She was commended on her commitment to high standards of nursing and care.

In recent months, the Greathouse service launched a goat petting therapy initiative.

Sue said:

‘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.

‘Seeing the residents enjoying themselves and getting the best out of their life that they can, that’s what takes me to work every day.’

Sue 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.’

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.

‘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.

‘Their hard work makes me feel immensely privileged to be part of Leonard Cheshire Disability.’

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