Olympic medallist presents Worthing charity awards

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OLYMPIC gold medallist Tina Cook presented prizes at a charity’s employee awards.

Tina, a patron of Worthing charity Guild Care, visited its Healthy Living Centre at Methold House on November 2.

Learner of the Year went to Katey Wiseman, the first person in the area to complete the new QCF diploma in health and social care at Level 3 with Northbrook College. Katey works with Guild Care’s intermediate home care team.

Activity co-ordinator, Sue Hilditch, received the Innovation within a service award for her Wish List project.

Sue enables residents to visit places that are very special to them, providing the time and support to give them something special to look forward to.

Sandy Maplesden was nominated six times for Excellence in Customer Service for her reception work at Methold House.

Lesley May took the Personal Development award, Chris Stone the Outstanding Contribution Award and Les Poplawski received the Fire Safety Award.

The Service Safety Award went to the domestic team at Linfield. Special mentions were given to Amanda Kane and Paula Massingham.

The charity employees 650 people across its services for older people, carers and children with special needs. Nominations were received from all corners of the organisation.

Guild Care chief executive Suzanne Millard said: “It is sometimes too easy to focus on the difficulties of working within the care sector and we all need to celebrate the excellent work carried out on a daily basis by our dedicated staff.”