Carer receives long service award after supporting residents for 30 years
Sue Pring, a carer at Spencer Court Care Home in Woodstock, has been presented with a long service award after 30 years of caring for residents at the home.
Sue, who began caring for residents in 1990, was surprised during one of her shifts by Home Manager, Anna Odeyemi, who presented her with the award on behalf of OSJCT.
Anna said: “Our home is an environment where people love to live and work. Sue is evidence of this, she is completely dedicated to our residents and to the care she gives them and has been for many years.”
Sue moved to Woodstock from Wales for a job in hospitality and made the move into care after seeing the role advertised at Spencer Court. “I fancied a change and decided to give it a go,” said Sue. “I love helping people and once I started as a carer I realised it was for me. You become part of the team and we are all so supportive of each other.”
Sue has cared for hundreds of residents whilst working at OSJCT Spencer Court.
She said: “I’ve got very fond memories of the many people I’ve cared for and of their relatives too. You become part of the family and build great rapport with them. It’s a privilege. I like to think what I do makes some small difference to people’s lives.”
Anna said: “Particularly during the pandemic people are realising the amazing work carers do each day, and that caring is a career to be proud of. Recent times have presented challenges to the care sector, but here at Spencer Court we are still singing and laughing every day as we continue to make life enjoyable for our residents.”
Of the award presentation Anna said: “Sue had a tear in her eye and we were all very moved. She and the rest of our amazing team here at Spencer Court all deserve praise, particularly during the current situation.”
And Sue’s advice for anyone considering a career in care? “Just go for it! That’s what I did and I’m still here 30 years later.”