14 November 2018
A picture of Mansfield woman’s dedication to care recognised with regional award

A Mansfield woman who drew on her own experiences of caring has won a regional care award.

Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) support assistant Jodie Mayfield took home the Great British Care Awards’ Care Newcomer Award at its East Midlands regional awards event last week (Thursday 8 November).

Jodie had been shortlisted for her work at Corner House Residential Care Home, which initially saw her draw on her experiences of caring for her late son Cole, who was born with a hypoplastic left heart, to convince staff she had the compassion and dedication necessary for the job during her interview.

Having picked up the regional award, Jodie is now also through to the national finals of the Great British Care Awards, which will be held at the ICC in Birmingham in March 2019.

She said: “I am so delighted to have won the award; it was an amazing night and I feel honoured to have been a part of it. It’s great to have recognition for my achievements and how I have progressed. I truly am so grateful.

“The only experience within care I had before starting out at Corner House was caring for Cole. When he died, I knew that I needed to flip it round and make it into something positive, which is why I’m now doing what I do. Having a positive impact on somebody’s life and making a difference makes me feel good.”

Corner House manager Jo Hardwick added: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the result on the night – Jodie has been such a valuable addition to our team and her hard-won dedication to care always shines through.

“We’re really pleased for her and excited to see how she gets on in the national awards!”