73-year-old carer, Christine Burnett who works at Ebor Court care home in York, ‘couldn’t believe it’ when she was announced as a winner in the first ever BBC Make a Difference Awards, in the ‘Carer’ category.
The BBC Make a Difference Awards celebrate local heroes who constantly go above and beyond for others, ‘improving the life of an individual or group of people by caring for them on a regular basis.’
Earlier this year, BBC radio listeners were asked to nominate local individuals who they thought deserved special recognition for their work in the community.
Having worked in care for over ten years, Christine was nominated by her friends and colleagues at Ebor Court, who commended her for her ‘genuine passion for care’.
88-year-old resident, June Falkingham, was delighted when she heard Christine had won Carer of the Year. She said, ‘I have always found Christine to be the most kind, sweet natured person. She is lovely and this award is certainly very well deserved.’
Shane Talbot, the Home Manager at Ebor Court, said, ‘We are all immensely proud of Christine. We’re so grateful for everything she does for our home and our residents – nothing is too much trouble for her when it comes to putting a smile on their faces.’
Christine was invited to attend the BBC Make a Difference Awards ceremony at York Racecourse, and said the experience was ‘amazing’. She continued,
‘Winning this award is one of the proudest moments of my life, I’m over the moon. When they called my name from the stage, I was shocked! It’s an experience I’ll never forget.’
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Ebor Court is a residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. With 64 ensuite bedrooms, attractive décor and freely accessible gardens, Ebor Court is rated as GOOD by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).