Maria Mallaband Care Group host their 4th Annual Care Awards


National care home operator, Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes held their 4th annual awards on Thursday 21st June 2018. The awards were created to acknowledge the efforts of staff and the impact they have on the lives of residents and their families. Residents, colleagues, relatives and visitors placed a staggering amount of votes across fourteen categories.

Finalists were invited to a Stars of Holywood themed gala evening which took place at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, enjoying a drinks reception and dinner, followed by the awards presentation and ‘Regions Got Talent’, a contest in which staff from across the UK were invited to represent their region and share their hidden talents before panel of judges.

There were a total of fourteen categories that were voted for, as well as a special recognition award, presented by Phil Burgan, Chairman & CEO. The categories were intended to represent all areas across the business for frontline staff such as ‘Dementia Champion’ and ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme’ through to ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Head Office Hero’ for those who provide exceptional support to their colleagues.

This year’s winners are:
Head Office Hero: Keir Dungo
Most Innovative Activities: Rosie Brennan – Parksprings Care Home
Care Practitioner: Ryan Bajas – The Belvedere Care Home
People Champion: Heather Bickerton – The Westbourne Care Home
Housekeeping Highflyer: Sarah-Jane Carr – Belvoir Vale Care Home
Hospitality Hero: Barbara Williams – St Martins Care Home
Behind the Scenes: Michelle Young – Rose Lodge Care Home
Beyond the Call of Duty: Nicola Ward – Batley Hall Care Home
Manager of the Year: Robert Blackburn – Alexandra Court Care Home
Best Newcomer: Victoria Webster – Bowerfield Court Care Home
Masterchef: Alison Frew – Buckingham House
Nurse of the Year: Aaron Barham – Highfield House Care Home
Dementia Champion: Eadaoin Hogan – Kingsbury Court Care Home
Home of the Year: Carmel Lodge Care Home
Phil Burgan Appreciation Award – Kathleen Best

Phil Burgan, Chairman & CEO says:
“What a great evening!
It’s always good to recognise the outstanding people in the company who really make a difference.
Unfortunately not everyone went home with an award, but everyone there was a winner.
We are only as good as our staff. They are the ones who create our success.
Looking forward to next year!”
The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and sister company Countrywide Care Homes are one of the country’s biggest independent providers of care for the elderly and mentally ill, along with luxurious close care apartments and retirement villas, gaining a reputation of innovation and excellence in these fields.
The group operates 82 homes across the UK and employs over 4,000 members of staff.


  1. My wife has worked for southern cross/countrywide/Maria Mallaband for 22 years, and all she has received is a box of chocolates at sure all of your ‘winners” are worthy but not one of the homes there i recognise so must be southern biased


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