A Leicester-based care worker has been recognised as “hero” for going above and beyond to support vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anita Patel, who recently joined Hales Home Care as a part-time care worker, has been crowned the winner of this month’s Hales Heroes awards programme.
The awards, introduced back in 2017, were founded to incentivise staff to keep up their hard work, while acknowledging and rewarding those prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty.
Those who meet the criteria, which focuses on reliability, quality and professional competence, are entered into a monthly draw with the opportunity of winning £1,000.
Praising Patel, Tiren Kaur, manager of the provider’s Leicester branch, said: “She was only ever supposed to be a part-time worker but has been pulling in shifts like a trooper. She has been going above and beyond getting PPE out to all carers, ensuring every client she has visited is checked in on mentally too.
“She has even been checking in on her colleagues who have had to isolate to offer them another support option to maintain a positive look and help their mental health. Despite having two young children under four and working under the circumstances- this carer is selfless. I couldn’t be more proud of her and appreciate her than I already am.”
Hales Homecare made the announcement as it issued an “urgent plea” for help with PPE supplies.
“Anita has gone above and beyond to get vital PPE out to her colleagues, but the group is facing an immediate shortage of face masks, and they’re reaching out to you for help, the company said.
“If you have spare fabric and a little bit of time on your hands, Hales Care is on the lookout for thousands of face masks to distribute to their front line workers – machine washable, double cotton layers are all they need in order protect those working so selflessly.”