HC-One’s Defoe Court Care Home in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, is celebrating the success of its Home Manager, Sarah Todd, who was named as Rising Star of the Year at last night’s HC-One of a Kind Awards. The event was held at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester and was the first annual awards ceremony to recognise colleagues who go above and beyond to deliver the kindest, high quality care to Residents. The evening was also an opportunity to celebrate HCOne’s fifth anniversary. The Rising Star of the Year Award recognises one member of the HC-One team who displays real potential and pursues every opportunity to reach great heights. Sarah, who is a true inspiration to fellow colleagues, was chosen due to
her rapid career progression from Senior Carer to Home Manager, her great reputation within the local community around Defoe Court, and her commitment to providing the kindest care to Residents.

Defoe Court also has a second reason to celebrate, as Sarah’s colleague, Emma Reid, was also shortlisted for the Award and Highly Commended for her achievements and dedication to the home. HC-One is committed to investing in staff, and has recently been named as a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence. HC-One is also celebrating achieving a 9.4 average rating on the sector’s leading care home comparison website carehome.co.uk. The high rating puts HC-One homes into the very best company in the care home sector. HC-One Defoe Court Care Home Manger, Sarah Todd said: “I am delighted to have received the Rising Star award, and so pleased that Emma has been also been recognised. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful support of the brilliant team at Defoe Court.” HC-One Regional Managing Director, Glen Mason, said: “The HC-One of a Kind Awards are about recognising and celebrating colleagues who demonstrate the kindest care and the best practice that we can all learn from. “Each and every day, HC-One staff do incredible work, and make such a difference to the lives of Residents living in our homes. I am so proud to work with such inspirational, caring and kind people.”