Announcing Our Shining Stars!

SPT 2318 640x427Our 2018 Danshell Shining Star Awards was a night to remember, celebrating everything our wonderful teams do to make a difference in people’s lives. Read on to see our winners!

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The night kicked off with a bang, with bubbly all round and everyone wanting a photo with the selfie frame and props, taken by an incredibly enthusiastic photographer. Everyone had dressed to impress, none more so than Victor and Ollie from The Orchards, who showed up in impressively flamboyant suits! The atmosphere was fantastic, with everyone in anticipation of who would be announced as our winners at the end of the night.

But first there was a three-course meal to enjoy – everyone tucked in to the tasty food, eating just a bit faster than normal, eager to hear if it was them who had won. Then finally it was time for the winners to be announced.

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The judging was difficult again this year as the quality of the entries was so high, but the judging panel were thrilled and humbled by so many inspiring stories – there were even a few tears shed! This year we had an outstanding number of entries – we received over 700 nominations from people we support, family carers and staff, so thank you to everyone who nominated.

The shortlisting changed slightly this year. We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to be recognised, so this year we didn’t award each region with a winner. Instead we chose the fairer route, which was to have 4 people or teams shortlisted, no matter where they are in the country.

Anticipation filled the room as Mel, our CEO, stood up to open the ceremony. Ann Marie from Trinity House was on hot standby to help hand out the flowers to the first winner…

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Here are our amazing winners for 2018 - click on each award to read more about the winner:

Positive Story of the YearThe National Sports Day - Click here to read more about the day!
Support Worker of the YearBright Isokpan, Healthcare Support Worker at Thors Park
Nurse of the YearWarren Cocker, Wast Hills Deputy Manager
Service and Central Support AwardNeil Young, Site Services Manager
Extra Mile AwardVicky Hazeldine, Wast Hills Deputy Manager
The Bill Lindsay Award for Outstanding Clinical ContributionDr Tony Perini, North East Consultant Psychiatrist
Hospital Manager of the YearKatrina McArthur, Manager of Wallace Hospital
Care Home or Supported Living Manager of the YearKirsty Dale, Manager of Trinity House
Outstanding Team of the YearRiver View
Danshell Outstanding Contribution AwardLorraine Platt, Activity Coordinator at Trinity House

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The night was fantastic, with looks of joy on the faces of those who weren’t expecting to win when their name was called out as the winner!

Our winners received huge rounds of applause and cheers from the crowd. You could see how proud each team was when one of their own won an award, but what was lovely to see was that they were equally as excited for other people. The atmosphere in the room was electric, with everyone thrilled to celebrate such achievement and proud of each other, knowing that each winner made a difference in so many people’s lives.

Mel Ramsey, our CEO, said, “Once a year we turn our attention away from the people we support and turn the spotlight on to our incredible staff. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners. I am constantly amazed by the inspirational work that you do and I cannot thank you enough for everything that you do.

You are all instrumental in improving and changing people’s lives and I am extremely proud to work with you all. Thank you to each and every one of you for everything you do.”

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