Staff and residents at Rose Lodge Care Home are celebrating after Laundry Assistant Julia Gill was named as a finalist in the 2016 Maria Mallaband and Countrywide Care Awards.

Joining Rose Lodge in 2003, Julia is a popular member of the team with staff, residents and families. Her high standards and person-centred service to residents led to her being named as one of six finalists for the ‘Housekeeping Highflyer’ award category.

Mrs Gill was delighted to hear she had been named finalist: “I still remain as happy as the day I first started, I genuinely enjoy coming to work everyday and feel great job satisfaction.”

This year marks the second annual awards, created to acknowledge the efforts of staff and the impact they have on the lives of residents and their families. This year the number of awards categories expanded from nine in 2015 to fourteen, plus two additional special awards the ‘Judge’s Special Award’ and ‘Phil Burgan Special Appreciation Award’.

Staff members, residents, families and visitors were encouraged to nominate staff members across the categories, intended to represent all areas across the business, from frontline staff such as the ‘Dignity in Care’ and ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme’ awards, through to ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Head Office Hero’ awards for those who provide exceptional support to their colleagues.

Staff from Rose Lodge, along with other award finalists, are invited to a gala evening on Thursday 23rd June at The Queens Hotel in Leeds to enjoy a drinks reception and dinner, followed by the awards presentation and entertainment.

The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and sister company Countrywide Care Homes are one of the country’s biggest independent providers of care for the elderly and mentally ill, along with luxurious close care apartments and retirement villas, gaining a reputation of innovation and excellence in these fields.