Published: Friday 20th November 2020
Tony began volunteering at the home after his wife of 74 years, Renelle, moved in three years ago. He wanted to be by her side as much as he could and even joined the team during moving and handling training so he could assist with the care of his wife correctly. Tony quickly became a valued member of the team as he would often help out around the home at regular coffee mornings and during activities.
Tony was thrilled to be announced as a regional finalist in the ‘Unpaid Carer’ award and attended the regional gala dinner last year where he succeeded , securing his place in the national finals going up against other care volunteers from across the country. The national awards ceremony should have been another glittering gala dinner for all the finalists in March but was held virtually last week when Tony and his daughter, Fiona, watched together to see him triumph against the competition.
The Great British Care Awards is an annual event to pay tribute to those individuals in the care sector who have demonstrated excellence within the care industry. Following the winning announcement, they said, ‘Tony is a dedicated and loving husband to Renelle who has Tony has become part of the family at Beaumont Hall and goes above and beyond in volunteering and supporting staff and residents. An inspirational volunteer’.
Unfortunately, Renelle became unwell earlier this year and Tony made the decision to move to Beaumont Hall so he could be close to his wife. Renelle sadly passed away in August and Tony has since found comfort in continuing his volunteer work and being surrounded by his Beaumont Hall family. Beaumont Hall’s residents and their relatives often praise Tony for his work, thanking him for his time and effort he puts in to brightening everyone’s day.
Tony, a former lecturer at Charles Keene College, Leicester, has served his community for almost 50 years, supporting his neighbours when in need and volunteering with local organisations including the LOROS Hospice and The Air Ambulance Service.
Tony said, ‘I am honoured to receive the unpaid volunteer award. I spent a lot of time at Beaumont Hall visiting my wife and the care team became like a second family for me. I am very grateful for all of the wonderful care they gave my wife, and for supporting me by allowing me to continue to be a part of the team I had come to cherish’.
Tony's Daughter, Fiona Bradley-Barlow, said, 'I have always been incredibly proud of my father for the volunteer work he has done throughout his life so it is lovely to see that work be recognised by the Great British Care Awards. My dad is 94 but looks more like he is 74 - I just hope I have his fantastic genes!'.
Ideal Carehomes Regional Director, Kay Paul, said, ‘Tony is a true gent, and we feel extremely lucky to have such a wonderful volunteer helping us out. Nothing is too much trouble for Tony, from serving refreshments at our coffee morning to just having a good old chat with the residents. He really is part of the team. I am immensely pleased Tony took home the national title in the volunteer category, it was incredibly well deserved not only for his commitment to our home but in respect of all the other support he’s provided our local community with over the years. – Congratulations!’.
Beaumont Hall, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is proud to be rated as 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission. The home has all the finishing touches you would expect from a warm, welcoming and spacious home, with attractive décor and freely accessible, secure, gardens. All 60 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. Ideal Carehomes’ unique Ideal Fresh Living initiative ensures that Beaumont Hall remains at the forefront of infection control procedures to keep residents and staff safe. For more information about Beaumont Hall, call 0116 232 3291 or visit https://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/.