CARE homes are celebrating after being handed awards for their contribution to the care sector.

At the Hampshire Care Awards ceremony, outstanding individuals and providers were honoured for their work in adult social care. 

The annual event is organised by Hampshire Care Association (HCA) and returned to St Mary's stadium after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Guests were also joined by Dr Dawn Harper, a GP who has hosted the Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies. 

She said: "It was an absolute delight to spend an evening with some amazing people celebrating all that is amazing about care in Hampshire. A brilliant event, well organised and full of the feel-good factor."

Meanwhile, HCA events coordinator Debbie Carpenter said: "This was a special night for people across the care sector. For many, it was the first time they had been able to have a night out, a meal, a dance, and a get-together for two and a half years.

"They have all put their lives on hold through the pandemic because of the jobs they do, and so recognising their amazing work and achievements felt incredibly special and important. Everyone loved it." 

The celebrations took place on June 9, and there were 13 different categories, with three nominees in each category. 

Hampshire Care Awards 2022: the winners

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  • Carer of the Year: Sumatria Cockerell from Brookvale House, Southampton

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  • Chef/Cook of the Year: Julian Smith from Woodlands Ridge, Southampton 

Julian's award citation states: "Julian’s menus are resident-led and inclusive of different cultures and religions. He is dedicated to his role within the home and making a difference to the residents that live within the service.”

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  • Volunteer of the Year: Simon Taskis from Shedfield Lodge, Southampton
  • Outstanding Innovation & Best Practice: Simon Taskis from Shedfield Lodge, Southampton 

Mr Taskis was honoured for his dedication and commitment to the care home residents.

The citation says: "Simon has built relationships with many people and continues to remain in contact with them throughout. Those who aspire and initiate change or at least a conversation of hope are those who should be recognised."Daily Echo: Hollybank Rest Home Hollybank Rest Home

  • ​Residential care home of the year: Hollybank Rest Home, Botley, Southampton

The Hollybank care home was recognised for its kind and thoughtful team members.

The award citation says: "They all care as much about the families’ concerns as they do about the residents and are extremely helpful and obliging if they possibly can be."Daily Echo: Sutton ManorSutton Manor

Meanwhile, Nursing Home of the Year was awarded to Sutton Manor in Winchester and Tracey Elvey from Care Together in New Forest received Manager of the Year. Daily Echo: Tracey Elvey from Care Together, New ForestTracey Elvey from Care Together, New Forest

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