The Society’s Spirit of Abbeyfield award ceremony takes place each year at Hempstead House in Sittingbourne and welcomes staff who have achieved long service or NVQs throughout the year.
As well as the certificate presentation, the event also recognises one of the Society’s 500 employees or volunteers, who has gone above and beyond their job role with their commitment to older people.
This year’s winner, Mark Addison, was chosen for his commitment to improving the atmosphere at Dene Holm, through a range of creative methods, as well as his willingness to turn his hand to anything.
Mark has worked for the Society for three years and has continued to strive to improve the environment for residents at Dene Holm, creating innovative feature walls, working on the garden and sourcing items to improve the home for next to nothing, or sometimes for free. Mark has also held fundraising events at the home and accompanies residents on trips. As well as his work within the home, Mark cares for his aunt singlehandedly and often offers to help in his own time, whether it’s painting and decorating or gardening.
Mark, who thought he was attending the event to drive the other staff, was shocked when he realised his colleagues on the winner’s video were talking about him and was left speechless when accepting his trophy.
Christine Hutchinson, home manager of Dene Holm, commented: “Mark embodies the Spirit of Abbeyfield because he truly goes above and beyond his job role as a lead domestic, without him, I do believe this home would be nowhere near as advanced as it is.”