Workers pipped in national competition

Clifton House Care Home staff celebrate with their award. Left to right Claire Moore, Marie Davison, Lisa Judson, Jill Christal and Jayne Wiley

Clifton House Care Home staff celebrate with their award. Left to right Claire Moore, Marie Davison, Lisa Judson, Jill Christal and Jayne Wiley

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CARE home workers just missed out on being awarded a national prize – but were still voted the second best in the country.

The hard-working staff at Clifton House Care Home, in Clifton Avenue, Hartlepool, were one of just six teams to be put through to the final of the National Care Awards.

Three colleagues from the home went to London at the weekend where the finals of the competition were held at the Royal Courts of Justice.

But despite the fantastic achievement of being awarded second place in the care home team category, staff admitted they were disappointed not to win.

Care home manager Andrena Piggins said: “We were actually quite confident going into the final, we thought we had a good chance, so it is slightly disappointing not to win.

“But it’s still a brilliant achievement to be named second best in the country.

“The staff deserve it, they have been brilliant.

“Their attitude and commitment never falters, I can’t credit their work enough.”

After getting through the regional stages of the competition, workers from the home were invited to a hotel in London for an interview.

There they were asked a number of questions about their quality of care and why they believe they ought to win.

The finalists then all gathered at the plush ceremony in the capital which was hosted by television personality, Christopher Biggins.

Andrena added: “The staff were so pleased with how the interview went, we were all on a high afterwards.

“I think that is why they are disappointed not to win.

“But this is the first time we have made it through to the final anyway, so that in itself was a fantastic achievement.

“I have told the staff they should all be very proud of themselves.

“It is a huge compliment to the brilliant work they do.”