Two members of staff from Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale raced to their colleague’s assistance after hearing she had been involved in a car accident.
Sam Bagnall, an activities coordinator at the home, was hurt in a road accident before Christmas, suffering injuries including a broken foot and head wound.
Vicky Sudworth, acting manager, and Dave Seddon, decorator and maintenance staff member at Birch Green, have been honoured as Caring Heroes.
The Caring Heroes campaign was created by the Springhill Care Group – Birch Green’s parent company – to recognise the work of those in the care sector who go the extra mile to support the people they care for and make a difference to their workplace and colleagues.
Those nominated receive a certificate and pin badge and their work is highlighted by the group.
When Vicky and Dave heard Sam had been hurt, they drove to the scene to help support Sam. Several weeks later she is still recovering from the accident, and thanked her colleagues for helping her.
Sam said: “I really did appreciate their help, and after something like that happening it was just great to see a familiar face.
“Vicky and Dave didn’t need to come and help, and the fact they did speaks volumes about how we think of each other at Birch Green.
“We’re all very close here and the staff and residents are more like friends and family members, which is what makes it such a great place to work.”
Vicky Sudworth, acting manager of Birch Green, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we got the call from Sam to tell us she’d been in a car accident and was hurt.
“Dave and I just knew we should try and help so jumped in the car and set off. It was a total surprise to be given this Caring Hero award and I know both of us would do the same thing again in a heartbeat.”
Since it was launched The Caring Heroes campaign has received the backing of MPs and the wider care industry. Activity can be followed on social media using #caringheroes