3 individuals from Bluebird Care Worcester & Wychavon are regional winners at National Awards

Published: 01/11/2019

Congratulations to Chris Beddis, Andy Toon and Tracy Handy all from Bluebird Care Worcester & Wychavon, who have been announced as national finalists in Bluebird Care Awards.

Congratulations to Chris Beddis, Andy Toon and Tracy Handy all from Bluebird Care Worcester & Wychavon, who have been announced as national finalists in the Bluebird Care Awards.

Care assistant Chris Beddis, registered manager Andy Toon and support coordinator Tracy Handy have all been nominated by their peers to represent the region at the inaugural Bluebird Care Awards in the ‘carer’, ‘registered manager’ and ‘team member’ categories.
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In doing so, they are awarded the titles ‘Regional Carer of the Year’, ‘Regional Registered Manager of the Year’ and ‘Regional Team Member of the Year’ for the West Midlands region. All three were nominated by Bluebird Care Worcester & Wychavon’s owner David Benjamin, beating Bluebird Care employees from across the region to win the regional awards and national nominations. 

Chris received her nomination for her confidence and compassion in a role that is so important in mitigating loneliness in older people. With a calm, unflappable manner, Chris is loved by every customer she has looked after, treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve. Chris has a superb attitude to care and has been instrumental in getting the business established with her reliability and support in working extra hours and picking up calls so that no customer is ever in need.

Andy was nominated for his enduring commitment to the care industry, setting the highest standards for his team and helping others develop and flourish during his many years of service. Andy is highly regarded as a naturally caring man with a warm, genuine and likeable nature. His ability to support people is always evident, ever ready with encouragement and praise when needed. In his time with Bluebird Care, Andy has become excellent role model for those both working for Bluebird Care and for the care industry as a whole. 

Tracy has only recently entered the care profession, and her nomination is a testament to how quickly she has exceeded expectations in her new role. Tracy works incredibly hard and is often praised by her customers for her mature, professional and calm manner. The effect that her positive attitude has on those needing care is inspiring to see, and it’s clear that she has such a big impact on the happiness of those around her, be they customers or colleagues. In only two years, Tracy has risen to senior carer and support coordinator, and will no doubt enjoy a promising career in the care industry

Their wins mean they represented the West Midlands at the national final at Fortnum and Mason, London, on September 6. The awards ceremony recognises the outstanding contribution that carers, registered managers and team members make in improving the lives of Bluebird Care customers.

Bluebird Care national award finalist Chris Beddis said
I am extremely pleased to have won the Carer of the Year award for the West Midlands. I love my job and don’t need any special recognition, but it’s great to know that the time I spend with my customers is so appreciated.”
Andy Toon said:
I have worked at Bluebird Care’s Worcester office since its formation. It’s been so great to be part of the journey as the company moves forward and I hope to share in many more successes in the future.”
Tracy Handy said:
Since moving into the care sector, I’ve found a love for a job that I didn’t think was possible. My work at Bluebird Care has inspired me to gain further qualifications in caring, and it’s lovely to know that my progress can inspire others to achieve similar goals.”
Bluebird Care Chief Operating Officer Duncan Berry said:
Bluebird Care is privileged to have thousands of extraordinary people providing care and support to our customer’s every day. With so many brilliant nominations to choose from it has not been easy to select our regional winners. However, our regional winners were able to demonstrate truly exceptional qualities and commitment that saw them take their place in the national final. I want to congratulate all of our winners for their dedication to our customers and wish them good luck for the national final.”
The awards follow on from Bluebird Care’s Every Visit Counts campaign www.everyvisit.co.uk, launched in July. The campaign raises awareness of the devastating yet silent loneliness epidemic in Britain and highlights the key role that carers and care assistants can play through providing excellent care and companionship.