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Newark's Bowbridge Court Care Home resident scoops up Ideal Care Award

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A care home resident has won the resident outstanding contribution award at this year’s Ideal Care Awards.

Frank Cavander moved into Bowbridge Court, Newark, in September 2019 and often joins in with events, activities, and even helping the care team to complete tasks.

The annual awards were created in 2019 to recognise, reward and pay tribute to the Ideal Carehomes staff team who go above and beyond their roles, with a special resident-focused award to honour residents who stand out from the crowd. They were hosted by actor Shaun Williamson, who played Barry from EastEnders.

Frank with his award. (51636694)
Frank with his award. (51636694)

Frank said: “It is truly very touching to have received so many nominations. I feel like I don’t deserve this title, I have done nothing out of the ordinary — I have always been somebody who likes to keep busy, and Bowbridge Court is my home, so I like to be involved.”

Judges praised Frank for being the life and soul of the home.

Frank toasted a beer to the other finalists in his category, before FaceTiming live to the event for the results.

Frank was said to bring joy to everybody he meets and taking every opportunity he can to get involved with events and activities, including taking the lead on the team’s Gardens in Bloom competition entry.

“It was a real honour to have been asked to join Ideal Carehomes at their awards ceremony,” Shaun said.

“The stories of each finalist were incredibly moving, and it made every award extremely meaningful.

“Congratulations to the winners, you are all such a deserving bunch of people.”

Home manager Claire Gordon Rundle collected the award on Frank’s behalf.

She said: “Frank is an extremely modest man, and cannot see just how much of an impact his bubbly positive attitude and personality means to our staff team each day.

“He loves to join in with everything and our team are always delighted to work alongside him, from doing laundry or a little bit of housekeeping to shadowing our maintenance team and pitching in with the gardening — Frank is a joy to be around and we are thrilled to have presented him with his trophy.”

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