More than 100 guests turned out to the glittering ceremony at Shrewsbury Town’s Greenhous Meadow stadium. The event, organised by the Shropshire Star, is in its eighth year.

BBC Radio Shropshire’s Eric Smith acted as host for the evening, and awards were presented for the Good Neighbour category, Special Young Person, Carer, and Learner.

This year Advantage Healthcare sponsored the award for ‘Courage’ which recognises someone who has overcome adversity, experienced family tragedy, dealt with a huge challenge or tackled something completely new. Despite their situation they may have turned a negative into a positive to help others and make the community a better place.

Competition was tough in the Courage Award category, with nominations for Lucy Lodge who had to learn to speak again after being diagnosed with cancer of the voice box at the age of 25, and Sarah Robertson who has raised nearly £22,000 for Guide Dogs for the Blind in memory of her daughter Summer Robertson, who tragically drowned at the age of 21 while taking part in an aid project in South Africa. However, after much deliberation, the crown went to Fiona Smith, 48, from Telford, who after numerous operations for breast cancer set up the Swimming, after Surgery group to give confidence to women who had gone through similar procedures.

Fiona said: “I am overwhelmed, it means so much to be recognised.

“It makes such a difference when you apply for funding when you are recognised in this way. When I saw it in print that I had been nominated for the Courage award, I couldn’t believe it. It also means that other people in a similar position will say ‘if she can do it, so can I’.”

Staff representing IHC at next week’s event will include Advantage Healthcare Managing Director Rob Kellett, Telford Branch Manager Jon Harris, Branch Consultant (Telford) and Communications Coordinator, Yasmin Chandar.

Sarah Cope, Head of Marketing said, “We are delighted to be sponsoring an award that sits so close to our hearts, as well as supporting an important event within our local community. We really do recognise the importance of the extraordinary individuals who have experienced hardship or overcome a personal challenge in our community”.

Advantage Healthcare is proud to be sponsoring an award at this year’s Pride of Shropshire awards for the second time running.

The award ceremony is organised by the local newspaper, the  Shropshire Star.

Now in its eighth year running, the Pride of Shropshire event has celebrated countless heart-warming stories about acts of courage and selfless service.

This year Advantage Healthcare will be sponsoring the award for ‘Courage’ which recognises someone who has overcome adversity, experienced family tragedy, dealt with a huge challenge or tackled something completely new. Despite their situation they may have turned a negative into a positive to help others and make the community a better place.

The event will be taking place on Monday 19th October at the Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Staff representing IHC at next week’s event will include Advantage Healthcare Managing Director Rob Kellett, Telford Branch Manager Jon Harris, Branch Consultant (Telford) and Communications Coordinator, Yasmin Chandar.

Sarah Cope, Head of Marketing said, “We are delighted to be sponsoring an award that sits so close to our hearts, as well as supporting an important event within our local community. We really do recognise the importance of the extraordinary individuals who have experienced hardship or overcome a personal challenge in our community”.

Our Torquay branch manager Joyce Cousins was selected as a finalist for Palm FM’s local hero awards which were held last month.

Our very own Joyce was nominated for “Carer of the Year” and was awarded second place which is a fantastic achievement.

The award ceremony took place at the Imperial hotel, Torquay, on 19th September which was attended by over 500 people.

Joyce was nominated by her colleague, Sarah Hughes, for her hard work and services over the last 40 years in the care industry.

Sarah Hughes, Registered Nurse for the Torquay branch, said, “A very good night was had, it was great to meet lots of inspirational people that have made a difference to peoples lives in the area.

“I nominated Joyce for this award as I felt that she deserved to be recognised for her achievements and hard work to provide safe care to the local community”.

Well done Joyce!

As part of the IEF’s Give a day of your time initiative, members of staff from the Telford branch hosted a fun day for residents at a local supported housing scheme based in Telford.

Jon Harris, Charles Haylett, Paige Walford, David Street and Lucy Farwell, hosted a delicious BBQ and entertainment for the residents to enjoy.

Jon Harris said, Telford Branch Manager said,  “The residents had a fantastic time and was great way to give a day of our time. Its amazing how something so simple can really make difference within our community”.

Choices Housing Association is a leading, multi-award winning not-for-profit housing and care organisation. Based in Staffordshire, Choices provides a range of care and support services to meet a variety of needs.

Advantage  Healthcare’s newest office, based in Milton Keynes, has successfully implemented their first package of care, which commenced on Sunday 26th July.

The delivery of care, consisting of 4 days of live-in respite care, is an excellent first step for Milton Keynes and presented excellent outcomes for the client involved.

After being awarded the package earlier in July, the office staff worked hard on creating a detailed Care Plan with our client and their family, as well as recruiting a bespoke care team who had the exact skills required for this client’s needs.

Nicola Adcock, Branch Manager for Milton Keynes, said; “This is a great start for the Milton Keynes office. Within just under a month of opening we have successfully implemented our first social care package. The implementation of this package was smooth and positive, which has allowed the service user’s wife respite, having the comfort of knowing that her husband would be cared for by our highly experienced care staff”.

“We now have another care package in the pipeline and are excited for what the future holds”.

Congratulations and a huge well done to our Milton Keynes’ office staff.

On Friday 26th June 2015, over 30 members of staff from Advantage Healthcare took part in a charity challenge at the Severn Hospice as part of the Advantage Employee Foundation.

The Advantage Employee Foundation was launched in 2012 to provide a central focus for charitable activities, the foundation plays a key role in co-ordinating Advantage charitable works regionally, nationally and internationally. Staff from Advantage Healthcare approached the hospice to inform them about the Advantage Employee foundation, and discussed with Severn Hospice representatives the “Give a day of your Time” initiative, where staff can volunteer up to two working days to a charitable cause or a local project.

Their tasks included refurbishing a 155m path which is used by patients and visitors and neatening the garden areas at the Bicton Heath site, Shrewsbury.

Staff from across the Advantage business arrived early at the hospice rearing to go fully equipped with a digger, dumper truck along with pick axes and shovels and were keen to start the days work. The staff then split into teams, “the path layers and “the gardeners”.

The “path layers” were getting stuck in by breaking up the current path armed with pick axes shovels and eventually lifted the path up with the help of a digger and dumper truck.

Meanwhile the gardening team decided to give Alan Titchmarch a run for his money by pruning and trimming the garden areas and replanting flowers in the flower boxes for patients to enjoy.

Advantage Healthcare kindly donated the materials required for the path along with a variety of flowers and trees to display around the open areas of the hospice.

Rob Kellett, Managing Director at AdvantageHealthcare said: “This was a very rewarding charitable project for Advantage Healthcare to get involved with, there was great team spirit throughout the day and everyone felt a great sense of achievement once the path was fully completed. As a healthcare provider we are committed to enhancing lives of others through organising these types of events”.

Hannah Millward, IEF Ambassador said: “It was a fantastic and rewarding day spent at Severn Hospice and was brilliant to see the before and after result. Everyone worked so hard on the path and in the gardens and numerous members of staff at the hospice expressed their gratitude and commented what a difference it would make for their patients”.

Barry Caudwell, Facilities Manager at the Severn Hospice said: “We really appreciate the fantastic help and all the hard work that the Advantage team has put in. Their efforts have made a huge difference; our patients and their families have been out in the gardens enjoying the sunshine during the last couple of weeks and it’s lovely to see people wandering along the path. The path that the Advantage team has cleared for us is a 155 metre long stretch that borders our lawn and woodland walk, so it’s really great that people can access this area again.”