Breast cancer survivor Wendy wins top award

Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted
Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted

A Fraserburgh care assistant has been awarded a care achievement award for her dedication and commitment to caring for others following her battle with breast cancer.

Wendy Adams (45), has had six operations since her diagnosis two years ago but she was determined to get better for her three children, four grandchildren and the residents she cares for at Glencairn Lodge Care Home, in Fraserburgh.

Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted

Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted

It was that determination that led to her winning an award at Meallmore Ltd’s inaugural award ceremony on Thursday (August 18).

Wendy, who is one of five people from Aberdeen to win an award, said: “It has been an incredibly difficult couple of years. I had a double mastectomy and several reconstruction operations as well as an operation to remove my ovaries after doctors found another lump. It’s fair to say it has been a traumatising two years but the staff at Meallmore’s Glencairn Lodge have been there for me every step of the way and I can’t thank them enough.”

Wendy, who is a Senior Carer from Fraserburgh, said she threw herself into work as a way of coping with her illness.

She added: “It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. One day in November 2008 I found a lump on my breast and that same day, after a mammogram, ultra sound and biopsy I was told that I had cancer. A month later I was in theatre having a double mastectomy. I have always loved caring for others so concentrated on my work but it was strange to be the one that now needed looking after.”

Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted

Award winners: Senga McPherson, June Bannerman, Wendy Adams and Alexander Findley. picture: submitted

The prestigious ceremony, which took place at the Huntingtower Hotel in Perth, gave a unique insight into the massive difference Meallmore staff make to people’s lives.

Cillian Hennessey, who is Assistant General Manager of Meallmore, said: “Wendy is an inspiration to all staff members employed at Meallmore. She has shown dedication and courage throughout her recent bout of major ill health. She has continuously shown compassion and immense kindness to her clients and supports her colleagues when they need an ear to listen to. She is never too busy to give that little bit extra. “

June Bannerman was also celebrating this week after being crowned carer of the year for going that “extra mile” when caring for vulnerable and elderly residents.

She was described as “exceptional” by her colleagues at Glencairn Lodge as she picked up the gong at the Meallmore Ltd awards ceremony.

June is a truly treasured member of the team. She regularly goes that extra mile for colleagues and residents and takes them under her wing when some care situations have proved challenging.

Alexander Findlay, who is also known as Zander, was nominated for maintenance person of the year for his hard work and dedication to Glencairn , which also looks after people with mental health and learning disabilities. No job is too big or small for Zander who is always putting a smile on others with his witty charm. He is popular with clients who often comment on his caring side.

Senga McPherson won care newcomer of the year after she “hit it off” with staff and residents. New to the industry, Senga has built strong relationships with all her clients, relatives and colleagues at Glencairn.

Ella Cowan, who works at Crimond House in Fraserburgh, picked up an award for being a big hit with residents.

She organises fun entertainment events that are always a huge success. She was delighted to win activities of the year award for her hard work that she makes look effortless.

Glencairn Lodge and Crimond House Care Home are owned by Meallmore Ltd, which primarily cater for elderly adults with frailty. They also meet the needs of people with a wide range of medical conditions such as mental health, acquired brain injury and learning disabilities.

Speaking after the award ceremony, Assistant General Manager of Meallmore, Cillian Hennessey, added: “The annual Meallmore awards is a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our staff who often work above and beyond their duties.

“It marks the commitment throughout the organisation to continuously provide a high level of care that Meallmore is so well known for. I would like to thank our winners once more for going that extra mile to provide first class care to our hundreds of elderly residents.”