Middleton Hall Retirement Village celebrated more than 190 years of joint long service and the hard work of staff at their own glittering awards night.
The MAFTAs – Middleton Hall Awarding Fine Talent Annually – were held at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, to thank staff for their year of outstanding work and support.
More than 60 staff attended the awards night and were served drinks and dinner by the retirement village’s management team.
Among the long service award winners was Christine Fishburn, Deputy Manager Middleton Grove, who has been with Middleton Hall for 30 years.
Nine staff were applauded for achieving their NVQs this year and four new special awards were made based on Middleton Hall’s values following 35 nominations from employees and managers:
Sandra Maychell, personal assistant in Middleton Grove, was given the Outstanding Customer Service Award for her ‘big heart and endless patience’ with staff and residents.
Abby Weighell, Living well co–ordinator who began this new role in the retirement village’s spa this year, was awarded the Bright Spark Award, the Innovation and Excellence accolade for her innovative ideas to get staff and residents fitter.
Kirsty Wilson won the Achievement Award – Meeting Goals and Vision category for using her own time to complete her NVQ level 3 as well as always putting 100 per cent into her work and care for residents.
And Dean Lazenby, Head Gardener, was given the Thinking about the Future award for his sustainable initiatives based on recycling and rebuilding.
Jeremy Walford, managing director of Middleton Hall Retirement Village, said:
“The most important thing about Middleton Hall is its people and it was very hard judging the awards because there were so many outstanding nominations in all categories.