Volunteering ‘worth more than lottery’

Maureen Bray being presented her Volunteer of the Year award by Orders of St John Care Trust trustee Jill Hughes.
Maureen Bray being presented her Volunteer of the Year award by Orders of St John Care Trust trustee Jill Hughes.

‘Volunteering is worth more than winning the lottery’ according to an Order of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) award winner.

Maureen Bray was recognised as part of the order’s annual Lincolnshire Employee Awards at the Petwood Hotel, in Woodhall Spa.

She received the Volunteer of the Year award for her work at Skirbeck Court, in Boston.

Maureen has volunteered for over 10 years and often holds music and movement classes with the residents, which are thoroughly enjoyed.

Mrs Bray described the award as ‘an honour’ and said: “I do my volunteer work because I love being with the people. I just can’t put it into words, it’s worth more than winning the lottery.”

She praised the work of the ‘thousands of volunteers in the world’ and called Skirbeck Court a ‘beautiful place’.

“It’s a home that I would go to and I would like to live there,” she said.

The Orders of St John Care Trust, one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers, recognised more than 40 employees from its 15 Lincolnshire care homes at the awards, which were presented by trustee Jill Hughes.

Caroline Dunagan, OSJCT Assistant Operations Director for Lincolnshire, said: “This is always a very special time for OSJCT as it gives us the opportunity to recognise and reward our amazing employees for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the care residents living in our Care Homes throughout Lincolnshire”

“OSJCT is committed to offering the highest standard of care across the country, and our colleagues do so with great pride and integrity.

“We believe that the employee and resident relationship is a principal part of a resident’s experience within a care home so we will continue to go above and beyond when it comes to developing skills in order to ensure the best possible standard of living for those who depend on us most.”

Carer of the Year was awarded to Grantham-based carer Diane Topham.