Care home staff scoop awards


Forget the Oscars, Donisthorpe Hall care home has handed out its own brand of honours - the Doni - to its dedicated members of staff.

The Doni gong got the awards season off to a glittering start at the care home's annual festive party, where accolades were given across the board, covering the whole spectrum of services and nursing care that Donisthorpe Hall offers, including clinical, non-clinical, house-keeping, laundry, physiotherapy and hair-dressing.

Winners were praised for their compassion, for their professionalism and "the ability to go that extra mile" to ensure the comfort and care of residents remains at a high standard.

Donisthorpe Hall's hairdresser Shirley Solk said she was thrilled to receive a long-service award. "It's a joy to work here, everyone is so kind and caring. In the salon the residents love nothing better than to chat. One gets to know all about their lives and families. These are people who have added richly to our community over the years."

In an address to the 100-strong gathering Andrew Brown, Donisthorpe Hall chairman of trustees, said to the award winners: "We are eternally grateful to all of you for your efforts, kindness and care shown to our residents."

Donisthorpe is home to over 180 residents who live in five-star surroundings. Every resident has a key-worker and named-nurse to enable a caring partnership to grow. And every resident has their own personal care plan which is monitored.

● A tribute gala dinner for late Donisthorpe Hall volunteer Trudi Moss raised more than £41,000 for the care home.

Entertainment at the black-tie event was provided by G4 and former X-Factor star Jonathan Ansell and United Hebrew Congregation chazan and minister Alby Chait.

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