The day did not quite dawn brightly as we’d hoped on the morning of our first annual Huntercombe Hero Awards on 24th September! However, by the time the 120 finalists arrived at Shendish Manor near Hemel Hempstead at lunchtime, the sun was breaking through!
Earlier in the year, we had invited every Huntercombe site to hold their own local Hero Awards. All local category winners were then put forward for the national awards, where we had up to 20 finalists for each category! We linked our award categories to our Huntercombe’s six core values and added an additional Community Hero award. Judging was a really exciting – but difficult – process. With so many amazing people, it was really hard to whittle down to 10 finalists for each category from across our sites, and from these to choose highly commended and overall winners.
We also celebrated our people who have been working at Huntercombe for 20 years or more in our Long Service Awards – an amazing achievement!
The Awards Team had been busy preparing the room the night before to celebrate the wonderful Huntercombe Heroes who had been nominated across all our sites and at midday we welcomed our first guests! Finalists enjoyed canapes and complimentary drinks on arrival, accompanied by a wonderful choir, Uplifted Voices and at 1.30, the Huntercombe Hero Awards began!
Huge congratulations to the finalists, highly commended and winners There was also a fitting tribute to Redbourne, who received a Special Award for their amazing fortitude during a very difficult year. A memory table honoured colleagues who had passed away this year, and many people left beautiful messages.
We had a fantastic afternoon, skilfully compered by Kevin Harris, and entertained again during a fabulous afternoon tea by Uplifted Voices, who managed to get up a large number of people to dance and sing along!
We are so proud of our colleagues who were with us on the day, and to those who won local awards – in fact to all of you, who are all Huntercombe Heroes! We’ll look forward to seeing you again next year!
Mandy Peers, Huntercombe House Stockton
Community Hero Award:
Donald McCaulay, Huntercombe Centre Sherwood, Nottingham
Joanne Heath, Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Bristol
Special Recognition Award:
Huntercombe Centre Redbourne
People First Award:
Christine Nicholls, Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, London
Linda Farr, Huntercombe Hospital Maidenhead
Towards Excellence Award:
Sarah Pinto, Cedar House Hospital, Nr Canterbury
We understand Award:
Matthew Otter, Eldertree Lodge