Oxfordshire care home staff recognised for long service during ‘care appreciation week’


Members of staff at Cedar Court care home in Witney, Oxfordshire, have been thanked and recognised for their ongoing efforts to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a special week of appreciation.

The home is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, which operates 45 residential care homes and 12 homecare branches in East Anglia and the south of England. The group launched its very own ‘Care Appreciation Week’ during August as a sign of its gratitude for all staff.

Throughout the week, care homes and homecare branches were visited by members of the executive team, and special events have been held whilst adhering to COVID restrictions.

Cedar Court, which is based on Moorland Road in Witney, provides residential and nursing care for up to 63 people. The team was visited on Group CEO, Gordon Cochrane, who joined them for a celebratory buffet whilst also presenting nine members of the team with long service certificates, to thank them for their combined 65 years’ of loyal service at the home.

Those receiving long-service awards were:
Registered General Nurse (RGN) Ruth Days – 10 years
Senior Care Assistant (SCA) Anne Morrison – 9 years
Healthcare Assistant (HCA) Helen Trinder – 9 years
RGN, Iyabo Kuponiyi – 8 years
Health Care Practitioner – Tracey Law – 7 years
Deputy Manager, Rachel Scurr – 6 years
Chef Roi Macaldo – 6 years
Housekeeping staff Helen Nicolson – 5 years
Health Care Practitioner, Luis Povedano  – 5 years

As part of the appreciation week, Gordon delivered gifts and a specially designed canvas print to the home and each member of the team received a letter of thanks and vouchers.


Gordon confirms: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to visit the Cedar Court team as part of our special Care Appreciation Week, and to be able to present long-service certificates to some of the staff.

“Care Appreciation Week has been all about recognising the incredible efforts of every member of staff that have each gone above and beyond to help care for our residents during the most challenging of times. We are proud and grateful of everyone’s ongoing efforts and commitment.”

Mr Gener Tayhopon, Home Manager of Cedar Court added: “So many of the Cedar Court team, including those we have presented long-service awards to, have gone to significant lengths to support residents during lockdown. It was an honour to be recognised and to put some time aside to thank our staff.  I would also like to thank everyone who was involved in coordinating the event– everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”


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