Care workers honoured at special awards night in South Tyneside

Key workers who look after those in need of care in South Tyneside have been thanked for their amazing work.

Home manager Maureen McCulloch (left) and deputy manager Megan Graves (right) at the awards night.
Home manager Maureen McCulloch (left) and deputy manager Megan Graves (right) at the awards night.

Palmersdene Care Home in Jarrow held its annual awards night to celebrate the work and achievements of staff.

Megan Graves, deputy manager at the home, which is part of the Anchor group, said: “This night is something that staff really look forward to as it brings the whole team together to enjoy a red carpet event dressing in formal wear with the home decorated in the theme of the Oscars.

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“This is something that has been done for many years in honour of staff and to say thank you for all of their hard work and dedication over the year.

“Unfortunaly due to covid restrictions we were unable to hold this night for the last two years. This year it went ahead but we had a change in format.

"One of our customers sadly passed away and the family requested if we could hold this night in memory of him.

"The family attended and expressed how they felt towards staff and the love and care there father had received.”

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Megan said staff were presented with individual awards, and the main award was Employee of the Year, won by Lee-ann Duffy who she said had ‘gone above and beyond in all aspects of her role’ over the past two years.

She added: “Because of what staff had gone through over the last two years working throughout covid, it was an extremely emotional evening and the realisation of how strong and an amazing staff team we have was evident.”