The roof at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham was raised by local Blackburn care company Choice Care last Friday at the finals of the Great British Care Awards 2017, when it was announced that one of their carers, Mini Patel, was the winner of the National Home Carer of the Year 2017.
Having won regional finals in November last year he faced greater competition from both large national and smaller care companies country wide to win this prestigious national award.
National Home Carer of the Year 2017, Mini Patel, said “As the first few awards were announced I got really nervous and didn’t think I would win, but when my name was read out our table erupted with cheers and I couldn’t believe I had won. I just couldn’t believe it.” Continuing, Mini thanked his Managers Andrew and Tracie for their training and support over the years. “We are all the same, the carers, and we all do the same job.”
Choice Care MD Andrew Key said “In June 2004 I sat down to interview a young man who had no care experience but really wanted to be a carer. He then followed the same training and
development path that all our carers take and now in 2017 he wins a national award. We are all so very proud of what Mini has achieved now and over the last 13 years and I know that all his colleagues and clients were right behind him supporting and willing him on to win.”
“National awards like this won by local companies and local people should inspire others to enter the caring profession, and in fact Mini, along with his other colleagues, do mentor new carers.”
“This award started in February 2016 when Mini won our own inaugural awards dinner in Blackburn. Usually, you only hear about the care sector when something goes wrong, and it takes companies like Choice Care to be bold and step up to shout about the work our carers do. Providing care is very much a team effort and people only really see the ‘front end’ of our work, but this doesn’t reflect the reality of a whole care team in the background headed by Registered Manager, Tracie Scholes, supporting the carers and clients in the local community.”
“I know that all of Mini’s clients and colleagues will be so pleased that he has won, the event itself was made all the more special by the fact that the awards were presented by Martin Kemp, actor and Spandau Ballet bass player.” “Martin himself is very aware of the work that carers do having had some family members need varying levels of care.”