Extra Mile Winners - Continued...
Our final instalment of the Health & Care Professionals that you have recognised in our Extra Mile Awards
Congratulations to our final four Extra Mile Award Winners 2013 for weeks 9-12.
- Week 9 - Liz Williams, Occupational Therapist from Brentford, Essex
- Week 10 - David Tulley, Support Worker, Leeds
- Week 11 - Jacqui Thomas, Support Worker, Bristol
- Week 12 - Brian O'Connell, Deputy Manager, and Jennifer Bellamy, Day Care Officer, Age UK
Week 9 - Liz Williams, Occupational Therapist from Brentford, Essex
A massive congratulations goes to this week's Extra Mile winner, Liz Williams, an Occupational Therapist who has dedicated her career to supporting those suffering from Parkinson's Disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
She was nominated by her daughter, Meg:
"For the past 36 years my mum has been a dedicated OT who is worked in both England as well as Hong Kong which involved her learning fluent Cantonese.
"It wasn't until she met a woman with severe Parkinson's that she began to dedicate her time to this neurological disease. She went on to set up a support group for Parkinson's where she would invite guest speakers in to share their knowledge and offer support to those suffering aswell as there families. During this time she also successfully completed a Masters, which with 5 children is an amazing achievement. Her work for Parkinson's has been celebrated as she received an award for her contribution to Parkinson's as a non consultant. She now offers support for people with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) which is closely linked to Parkinson's.
"My Mother is an inspiration to me, my Family and all the patients she treats, listens too and supports. Her success within her career has not, in my opinion, been celebrated enough as she is so incredibly humble."
What a wonderful lady! Well done, Liz, very well deserved! You are an inspiration to us all. We hope you enjoy using your brand new compact digital camera!
Week 10 - David Tulley, Support Worker, Leeds
David Tulley, a Support Worker for Reed Health & Care in Leeds, was nominated by both his co-worker, and one of the gentlemen he supports, for his commitment to supporting this particular service user.
Co-worker, David: "Dave has supported Peter through some very difficult situations, yet he remains professional and dedicated to giving his client the best care possible and continuity too."
Service user, Peter: "He has worked with me a long time and developed a good working relationship with me through good and hard times."
Well done David, £100 worth of Marks and Spencers vouchers go to you. Enjoy!
Week 10 Winner David Tulley with Peter, his service user, who
nominated him for the Extra Mile Award
Week 11 - Jacqui Thomas, Support Worker, Bristol
Jacqui Thomas, a support worker from Bristol, works in a home for adults with learning Disabilities, Autism and challenging behaviour.
Jacqui was nominated by managers Sue and Jamie and here is her Extra Mile Story:
'Jacqui is a single parent with 2 children at school yet if there is an emergency at the home she is always the first to respond.
'The other week an individual needed an operation and was in hospital overnight.
'After arranging child care Jacqui stayed with the individual for the operation and overnight to reduce the anxiety levels.
'She is always willing to cover shifts if needed and will swap if others have a need to.
'This young lady is one of the most caring members of staff we have ever had the pleasure to work with.'
Week 12 - Brian O'Connell, Deputy Manager, and Jennifer Bellamy, Day Care Officer, Age UK.
It's all about caring and sharing in the final Extra Mile winner announcement.
We had reciprocal nominations from Brian and Jennifer, from Age UK, and they were both so good, we thought that we'd let them share the coffee machine at their office in Camden.
Congratulations to both of you for going the Extra Mile to help your clients with those little day to day things that really do make all the difference.
What Jennifer said about Brian: "Every day he goes out of his way to enrich the lives of the client he works for. Apart from spending evenings and weekends devising activities and events that his clients will enjoy, he uses his remaining free time to collect prescriptions, do shopping and take meals to housebound and lonely clients. He does all this willingly and without ever expecting a word of thanks from any one.
"Apart from these things he spends a great deal of his time and energy finding ways to fundraise for the centre. He organises Bazaars and fairs and motivates staff and volunteers to raise as much money for the centre as possible.
"Not only is Brian a wonderful Deputy Manager at Henderson Court he also a great mentor to staff and volunteers alike."
What Brian said about Jennifer: "Jennifer goes out of her way to always be extra supportive of our Older Members , she will often use her lunch break and when on her way home drop things off at chemists and write letters to make the lives of our older people that little bit easier, it is not just the big things that can make such a difference to our older peoples lives but those little unknown things that collectively make such a big difference to people, Jennifer does this with out even thinking."
Brian & Jennifer collecting their certificates and luxury coffee machine