Happy Living Awards
Our Happy Living Awards are designed to recognise customers who make a real difference in their local schemes, estates, care homes and wider communities. We received almost 200 entries for the 2017 awards and were blown away by the amazing people living in our locations.
The Pip White Award (Green-fingered Customer)
Fred Russell, who lives at Bridgewood Lodge in Heywood, was nominated by fellow tenants for his hard work in the communal gardens.
Mr Russell said: “It is an honour to be chosen. I love the garden and the freedom it gives me. It has also encouraged the other customers to use it more.”
Janet Murray, who appreciates Fred’s work in the gardens, said: “Thank you to Fred, who has transformed our garden areas by making new beds and planting them up with beautiful displays of flowers.”
Raymond Martin, who lives at Eagle Lodge in Wanstead, was nominated by Daphne Johnson, for always putting his neighbours needs before his own.
Mr Martin said: “I’m speechless, to be honest. It’s lovely to be appreciated. I don’t know what to say, it’s just a shock to have won this award. I help others because I want to do it and I enjoy it. It’s absolutely lovely.”
Mrs Johnson added: “Raymond always goes the extra mile to help others. Thank you on everyone’s behalf to Raymond. He is reliable, fun and respectful to be around. I am so pleased to hear he has won he truly deserves it.”
June Anderson, who lives at Shafto Court in Newcastle, was nominated by Lindsey Bell, Scheme Manager, for always going the extra mile and helping her community.
Mrs Anderson said: “I am amazed at winning this award, I can’t really believe it, I’m sure there would have been other people who deserved it far more than me. In saying that, I’m also really happy for our scheme because it is a great place to live and if I can help to improve that I will.”
Lindsey said: “June deserves to win, for last year alone she has managed to secure a lottery fund to help towards activities within the community and bring others into Shafto Court. The most recent event has been a ladies day at the races to raise money for the kidney unit at the Newcastle Freeman Hospital. She is an asset to our community and she is passionate about what she does.”
Peter Baker, who lives at Oakwood Park in East Sussex, was nominated by Penny Blanchard, Estate Manager for setting up an arts and crafts group at the estate.
Mr Baker said: “I am humbled by this award and want to thank all the other volunteers who joined the art group at the estate. I’m glad we can do something together and it’s a great way to make new friends.”
Penny said: “It is also a wonderful arts class where people can learn from Peter to make crafts and socialise together at Oakwood Park. This is one of the best activities running at my estate; I am proud to support this for the well-being of my customers.”
Pippa, who lives at St Aidans House in North Shields, with her owners John and Joan Hall, was nominated by Scheme Manager, Helen Dickie, for being a loving and faithful companion to the couple.
Mr Hall said: “I can’t believe that our dog Pippa won, out of all of those other pets, it’s fantastic.”
Mrs Hall added: “Without her in our lives I have no idea where we would be. She brings us so much joy and is an amazing little companion. We are thrilled.”
Helen said: “Pippa is a lovely golden Labrador, who loves everybody she passes by. I’m so happy she brings so much joy to everyone at St Aidans House.”
Grandparents of the Year
Dot and Tam Macdonald, who live at Castle Hall in Hull, were nominated by fellow residents for always putting their grandchildren first.
Mr and Mrs Macdonald are thrilled to win and Mr Macdonald said: “It’s lovely to know someone has noticed what we do. We didn’t think what we were doing was out of the ordinary, we just wanted our grandchildren and children to feel supported and loved.”
Joanne Davie, Castle Hall Scheme Manager, who nominated the couple said: “They are originally from Scotland and first came to Hull five years ago when their daughter decided to have a baby. Since then they have become Chairman and Secretary of the Castle Hall Social Committee and regularly organise party nights, weekly bingo, weekly coffee mornings, kids’ Christmas parties, summer fêtes, auctions, karaoke nights, talent nights and weekly breakfast clubs, as well as doing the school run and caring for six-year old Stephen. They have him to sleepover several nights a week whilst his parents are at work, nothing is too much trouble for them.”