A handyman at a care home in Northumberland has been name the best care home ancillary worker in Great Britain.
Chris Sorgorski works for The Oaks Care Home and picked up the accolade at The Great British Care Awards.
A glittering gala evening was held at The International Convention Centre – held in Birmingham – where more than a thousand of the very best in social care celebrated the industry’s highest achievers.
Mr Sorgorski previously won his category at The Great North East Care Awards before being shortlisted and subsequently winning the national title.
The award recognises Mr Sorgorski person-centred service, pride and excellence with his work and the dignity and respect he shows the care team and residents at The Oaks Care Home.
He said: “I’m amazed. The only thing I’ve ever won is toilet rolls. I’ve only been working at The Oaks for a couple of year but I love it.
“I can’t thank home manager Ann Mielnik enough for nominating me. It’s a great honour to have been given this award.”
Ms Mielnik attended the awards evening alongside Mr Sorgoski and several members of the Hill Care Group executive team, which operates The Oaks Care Home.
Ms Mielnik said: “This is fantastic, I am delighted for Chris and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Wendy Waddicor, managing director of the Hill Care Group, said: “We are all so proud of Chris for winning The Ancillary Worker Award at The Great British Care Awards.
“It is testament to the hard work and person-centred approached he takes to his job, which is a reflection of the entire team at The Oaks Care Home.
“They are all dedicated to ensuring reisdents receive the highest level of care in the best possible environment and Chris is a hugely important member of the team.”