Three Fraserburgh carers win top awards

Louise, Andrew and Carolyn with their richly-deserved awards
Louise, Andrew and Carolyn with their richly-deserved awards

Three carers from Fraserburgh have received top awards for outstanding excellence within their field of work and going the extra mile to deliver high standards of care to elderly and vulnerable people.

Louise Cowie, who works at St Modans, Andrew Quirie, who works at both Sunnybank and Kynnaird Care Homes and Carolyn Barnett, who works at Crimond House, picked up prestigious awards at Meallmore Ltd’s award recent ceremony.

Louise won Care Newcomer, Andrew won Ancillary Worker and Carolyn won Nurse of the Year, which was voted for by residents, their families and staff, for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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

Louise said: “My decision to work in the care sector came from watching how well Meallmore staff cared for my grandpa, who suffers from mental health.

“The staff went over and above what was required to make his life as comfortable and enjoyable as possible and I wanted to do the same for someone else’s family member. I’ve worked for Meallmore since March and I’m enjoying spending time with residents, caring for them, interacting with them and making them comfortable.”

Andrew said: “I’m chuffed to receive this award. I love working for the company, it’s the best job I’ve ever had. It’s a pleasure working with so many lovely people and the residents make each day enjoyable as you can share stories and listen to some amazing tales.”

Carolyn, who has worked at Crimond House for 17 years, said: “I’m completely shocked to win nurse of the year, it’s such an honour. It’s all down to how well we work as a team and how we care for our residents.”

They will now go forward to the Scottish National Care Awards to be held in November.

Finalists from more than 370 entries battled it out in 10 different categories including Care Newcomer, Nurse of the Year, Carer of the Year and Meaningful Activities at the annual award ceremony.

Speaking after the award ceremony, Gerry Hennessey, Managing Director said: “I am very proud of everyone who won and those who were nominated for an award. These awards specifically recognise the achievements, excellence and expertise of our nursing and care staff and the number of awards received demonstrates the high standard of leading edge care our residents receive on a daily basis.

“We encourage our staff to take an innovative and imaginative approach to their work and these outstanding results show the extra mile our colleagues are willing to go for the comfort and pleasure of our residents.”

Winners were presented with an engraved crystal plaque and an iPad mini and runners up received a certificate of recognition.

St Modans, Sunnybank Care Home and Kynnaird Care Home are owned by family run care provider Meallmore Ltd.