OSJCT Carer is celebrated for 23 years of service at Gregory House, Grantham, Lincolnshire.

Carer, Elizabeth Simpson, has dedicated 23 years to caring for the elderly. She has worked at The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) Gregory House home in Grantham, and her commitment to the home and its residents hasn’t gone unnoticed. Elizabeth has been awarded a special decoration by the British Association of the Order of Malta. The Orders of St John Care Trust which operates Gregory House and 71 other care homes is sponsored by The British Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the venerable Order of St. John.

Established in 1920, the award (also known as the Order Pro Merito Melitensi) gives recognition to members of the community who have excelled in their field. It is mainly awarded to non-members of the Order of Malta, and is awarded regardless of religion.

“I was very surprised to be nominated and it was an amazing and emotional day; the church ceremony was a very moving experience. I feel proud to work with everyone at Gregory House,” Elizabeth Simpson said.

Elizabeth was nominated by OSJCT for her dedication to the home and her caring nature.

“Elizabeth Simpson has worked for The Orders of St John Care Trust for 23 years and her compassion and caring service has been greatly valued at Gregory House. Many residents admire her calm and gentle nature, through which her professionalism shines. Ms Simpson clearly strives daily to provide excellent care and is a wonderful mentor and example to her newer carer colleagues,” Gregory House’s Home Manager, Anna Lewkowicz, said.

“The Order Pro Merito Melitensi is the Order of Malta’s order of merit. It exists so that we, as members of the Order, can acknowledge publicly and say thank you for outstanding service to the Order and to the Hospitaller works of the Order.  The Orders of St. John Care Trust is the largest work of the Order in Great Britain and we are immensely proud of it and those who work so hard to make its homes amongst the best in the country,” explains James Pavey, who, as the Hospitaller of the Order of Malta in Britain, heads up its charitable works.

Elizabeth received the award from the President of the Order’s British Association, Richard Fitzalan Howard, at a ceremony on Friday 22 June at the Order’s annual St John's Day Mass in the Brompton Oratory, London.