MBE in her role as a Non Exec Director of Sirona Care & Health was delighted to be
asked to present the Volunteer of the Year award at the prestigious awards that we hold
annually at the Assembly Rooms, Bath. The award for Community Volunteer winner was Pippa
Hawkins with Highly Commended Kathy Matthews.
Sirona staff awards
The awards evening started
with a drinks and canapes reception for over 100 guests and the event was compered by BBC
Points West Presenter Ali Vowles. The awards judges included Editor of the Bath Chronicle
and Somerset Guardian Lynned Fernquest who also presented the Sirona Award for Excellence.
Chairman Simon Knighton - Ali
Vowles - Loraine - Editor of the Bath Chronicle - Non Exec David Purdon
District nurse Stella
Wainwright scooped the top prize at the Sirona Awards for Excellence 2013 for her care of
a family at the end of a loved ones life. Sister Wainwright, a Sirona care &
health district nurse based in Batheaston, was nominated by John Richards, a grandfather
who lives in the village for the immense contribution she made to him and his
wife, Hal, who died at home from cancer earlier this year.
She was one of 10 winners at the annual event held on the anniversary of the social
enterprises foundation at the Assembly Rooms in Bath.
Mr Richards said in his nomination: I am recommending this district nurse for an
award for the immense contribution she made to both of us during the last few weeks of my
wifes life. Throughout our short acquaintance, both of us were impressed not only
with her professionalism but also with her kindness and her support which did not end with
my wifes death. She took a personal interest in the person. Hal took a lot of
reassurance from the fact that Stella was looking after her.
Sister Wainwright said: I was absolutely stunned because I know it sounds like a
cliché but I was only doing my job. Every patient is special. I was trying to do for this
family what I do for all my patients. As a district nurse, it is not just the patient we
care for but the whole family.
Lynne Frenquest presenting the
Excellence Award to Sister Wainwright
Sister Wainwright won not
only the I Think They Deserve It award which saw nominations from people across Bath and
North East Somerset who have used Sirona services but also the overall award for
The judges were Sironas chairman Simon Knighton, chief executive Janet Rowse and
editor of the Bath Chronicle and Somerset Guardian Lynne Fernquest.
Loraine presenting the
Simon, chairman of Sirona
care & health, said: Its sometimes hard to believe that it is two years
since Sirona was founded and October 1 also marks another leap forward for us as we
welcome our new colleagues from the specialist services for people with Learning
Difficulties in South Gloucestershire.
All of what we do as Sirona is because of our fantastic staff not just you
who are here tonight but every single one of our 1800 strong workforce who through daily
hard work, commitment and dedication to high quality care delivered in a compassionate and
professional way have given Sirona a well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Janet added: I feel very proud and privileged to be leading such a first class
organisation. My goal has always been to ensure that everyone in Sirona provides care in a
way that they would want it for their own family and loved ones. The stories we have heard
from across a wide range of services has demonstrated how this is becoming a reality
Sirona Care & Health
provide Health and Social Care to residents and patients across Bath & North East
Somerset, for more information please visit: www.sirona-cic.org.uk
Student or Apprentice of the Year: Winner Zoe Ware. Highly Commended: Georgia Westlake.
Community Volunteer of the Year: Winner Pippa Hawkins. Highly Commended: Kathy Matthews.
Manager of the Year: Winner Lee Tippett. Highly Commended: Helen Rugg.
I think they deserve it award: Winner Stella Wainwright. Highly Commended Lisa Higgins and
Working Together Award: Winner The Orchard Extra Care Staff Team. Highly Commended
Award for Outstanding Service Delivery Individual: Winner Nelly Targett. Highly
Commended Mary Chivers.
Award for Outstanding Service Delivery Team: Winner: Baby Feeding Support for Young
Parents Team Jo Webb and Catherine Henaghan. Highly Commended Switchboard Team St
Martins Hospital, Bath.
Chief Executives Award for Taking It Personally: Winner Vicki Massey.
Chairmans Award for Innovation: Winner Louise Lees.
Sirona Award for Excellence 2013: Stella Wainwright