Volunteer at Lyncroft Care Home honoured with Great British Care Award
Cristina Cardoso, a volunteer from Wisbech, who helps at Lyncroft Care Home, has been awarded a prestigious Unpaid Carers Award at the East of England GB Care Awards. The Unpaid Carer Award is given to an unpaid carer who demonstrates commitment and perseverance and acknowledges and celebrates the difference they have made to the lives of vulnerable people they are caring for.
“I was so surprised to receive the award” Cristina commented, “I love coming to Lyncroft, there’s such a lovely atmosphere at the home, I just enjoy being here and chatting to the residents”.
Cristina (pictured centre) has been coming to Lyncroft Care Home on her days off on a voluntary basis since May. She had built up an excellent rapport with the residents and she enjoys spending time with them.
Cristina will happily take on any task that is asked of her from helping with activities to supporting the housekeeping or care teams. She will go above and beyond what is usually expected of a volunteer, during a recent infection outbreak at the care home she volunteered to cover for staff who were off sick, working long days, all unpaid to ensure that the residents’ needs were met and put first.
She is well liked by residents and respected by all the staff team who value her fantastic contribution to life at Lyncroft Care Home.
Cristina was presented with her award at a glittering awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough.
“We are delighted that Cristina has been recognized” said Home Manager, Jan Davison “she is so loyal and dedicated and most importantly the residents love her, it’s thoroughly well deserved”.
Lyncroft Care Home is currently home to 39 residents and offers residential and dementia care in a homely setting. The 18th Century town house was thoughtfully converted to a care home in 1991 with many original features retained.