Two employees from a care home in Banbury have been recognised for their commitment to care by the world’s oldest sovereign charity at a ceremony in London.
Theresa Whitford, home manager at Lark Rise Care Centre in Prescott Close, was given the Silver Medal of Merit at The Order of Malta’s St John’s Day ceremony on June 24. Paula Green, who volunteers at Lark Rise, received a Bronze Medal of Merit.
The care home is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) and Patsy Just, Oxfordshire assistant operations director, said: “The annual Order of Malta Awards Ceremony is an important event for the Trust. The order is very selective when choosing recipients, so it is very special for these members of staff to have their hard work recognised and be awarded for going above and beyond their normal duties.
“To see staff from our homes receiving these prestigious awards speaks volumes about the high standards of care provided by the trust and we couldn’t be prouder of the examples these exceptional people have set.”
Sharon Wheeler, volunteer and activities manager for Oxfordshire, was also awarded a Silver Medal of Merit due to her continued enthusiasm and drive to fulfil the lives of the residents, living by the mantra that ‘nothing is impossible’ which has led to residents swimming, ice skating and trampolining.
Ms Whitford received her award to celebrate her commitment of care over the past 26 years, along with her willingness to support new managers and other homes in the area. Mrs Green was joined by four other care workers in Oxfordshire in receiving the Bronze Medal of Merit.
The OSJCT is a charity sponsored by the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Venerable Order of St John.
It operates 69 care homes across the country, in Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire – including Lark Rise. Staff care for more than 3,500 residents. For more information, visit www.osjct.co.uk.