Rebecca Craker, activities co-ordinator at Suffolk Lodge Care Home, has been named champion in the Care Home co-ordinator category of the Great British Care Awards.
She was joined at last month’s final by finance director Paul Steadman from Optalis – which runs the home – Suffolk Lodge manager Wendy Luck, and deputy manager Catherine Illsley.
Rebecca said: “I was stunned and delighted to win.
“An award is never about one person and I am thankful for the dedication and passion of the team at Suffolk Lodge who make the lives of our residents good by facilitating and engaging in purposeful and meaningful activity.
“I am not sure it has fully sunk in that we are national winners, but we will continue to provide the best activities we can.”
Andrew Pickup, managing director of Optalis, a borough council-owned care company, praised the winner and the rest of the team for their work. He said: “Every now and then, something extraordinary happens in an organisation.
“I think this is one such occasion, and I’m absolutely over the moon for Rebecca and the rest of the team at Suffolk Lodge.
“I’ve told Rebecca that we would like to make a big deal out of this, and it is telling for me that she has not asked for any particular personal reward.
“Instead, Rebecca would much rather Optalis make good on some wishes she has that will further im-prove the lives of our residents, and as managing director, I am very much looking forward to granting some of these wishes.”
The Great British Care Awards celebrate excellence across the care sector.