Right at Home has named the winners of its Celebration Awards, which returned last week to honour managers, franchise owners and frontline staff.
The awards, which took place at St. George’s Park, were hosted on the second day of Right at Home’s annual conference and brought together the entire Right at Home network after a two-year break.
Louise Berreen from Right at Home Mid Sussex was crowned CareGiver of the Year after impressing the judges for always putting the needs of her clients above her own.
Commenting on her award, Bereen said: “I am over the moon to have been awarded the Right at Home CareGiver of the Year Award 2021. To be rewarded for something I love doing isn’t required, but I would like to think that this shows the love and support I have for both my clients and my colleagues.
“Clients don’t always have to say ‘thank you’ – sometimes just that smile, or squeeze of the hand says it all. There is no job more rewarding than being a carer and being part of an amazing team, which is true of Right at Home Mid Sussex, and I can honestly say I am proud to work for them.”
Another CareGiver at Right at Home also caught the panel’s attention, so much so that the judges decided to create a new category to shine a light on their dedication and passion for providing excellent care.
The inaugural Young Ambassador of the Year Award was awarded to Chevonne Baker from Right at Home Basingstoke & District.
The judges praised Chevonne for exemplifying the Right at Home values. The award, sponsored by The British Franchise Association (bfa), celebrates the hard work of the younger generation within the network.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa said: “I am incredibly passionate about encouraging younger generations into franchising – whether it is as franchisees, franchisors, or employees within the industry. Congratulations to Chevonne. I look forward to seeing the nominations for this category in the coming years.’’
Sue Murphy from Right at Home Borehamwood & Watford picked up the esteemed Registered Manager of the Year award. Sue, who has been with Right at Home for three years, was nominated by Franchise owner Jenny Madghachian.
As part of her nomination for Jenny said: “[Sue] has a beautiful warmth but commands respect from her team, extremely effectively.’’
Sue commented: “I was truly honoured to receive this award. It has been a huge privilege working with Right at Home Borehamwood and Watford. The team and Clients are amazing and make every day interesting and worthwhile. I would like to thank Jenny for having faith in me.’’
And the awards didn’t stop there; Alastair Shanks, Franchise Owner at Right at Home Guildford & Farnham, scooped the Business of the Year Award after a stellar 12-month performance.
Right at Home’s panel of judges included Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association; Andrew Brattessani, Head of Franchising at HSBC; Suzie McCafferty, MD of Platinum Wave & Right at Home Non-Executive Director; and Lucy Campbell, Right at Home UK Chief Operating Officer.
Speaking on the evening of the awards, Right at Home UK CEO Ken Deary said: “After a long two-year wait, we were finally able to bring our network together safely under one roof, to celebrate the tremendous hard work and dedication demonstrated over the last 12-months.
“It has been an extremely difficult 18-months for everyone and the care sector in particular, but I could not be prouder of how the Right at Home team has worked together to provide outstanding care. Louise, Sue, and Chevonne are great examples of upholding the Right at Home values. We are very proud to have them as part of our network – a massive well done to them.”
Caption: From left – host Neil Eastwood, COO Lucy Campbell, CareGiver of the Year Louise Berreen, and CEO Ken Deary.