Care Home Hands Out the Doni Awards

Forget the Emmy, the Tony and the Oscar awards, last week Donisthorpe Hall handed out its own in-house brand of honours — the Doni award — to its dedicated members of staff.

The Doni gong got the awards season off to a glittering start at the care home’s annual festive party, where accolades were given right across the board, covering the whole spectrum of services and nursing care that Donisthorpe Hall offers, including clinical, non-clinical, house-keeping, laundry, physiotherapy and hair-dressing.

The winners of the Employee of the Year Awards
The winners of the Employee of the Year Awards

Winners were praised for their compassion and to work beyond the call of duty, for their professionalism and the ability to go that extra mile to ensure the comfort and care of residents remains at a high standard, as well as their endless patience and kindness which never flags.

Donisthorpe is home to over 180 residents who live under one roof in five-star surroundings. Every resident has a key-worker and named-nurse to enable a caring partnership to grow. And every resident has his or her own personal care plan which is regularly monitored and updated.

Chairman Andrew Brown presenting Anna Oswicka with her award for "Clinical Employee of the Year"
Andrew Brown presenting Anna Oswicka with her award for “Clinical Employee of the Year”

Andrew Brown, Donisthorpe Hall chairman of Trustees, said everybody at the home who works in some way, shape or form to create the policies, security, and the love which abounds throughout the building deserved recognition. “We are eternally grateful to all of you for your efforts, kindness and care shown to our residents,” he told a 90-strong crowd.

Awards, given for best employees of the year and for those with five years’ service and longer, included trophies, hampers, monetary gifts, special treats to beauty spas. There were also prizes that offered a tree-top adventure in Robin Hood country and a visit to Betty’s famous cooking school in Harrogate.

“This is the residents home and you play a strong part in helping to make that possible,” Andrew told the recipients. “We are ever grateful.”


by John Fisher