Highgate Care's annual care awards where Irma Hartop is pictured with Richard Hoggart, owner of the care group.

In a heartwarming celebration of dedication and compassion within the care sector, Irma Hartop, a care assistant at The Lawns Care Home in Darlington, was honoured as the Care Assistant of the Year at the annual Highgate Care Awards. The prestigious event, held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds on February 29th, brought together some of the care teams from across Highgate Care for an evening of acknowledgement and appreciation.

Irma Hartop, renowned for her unwavering positivity and the joy she brings to The Lawns, was recognised for her exceptional ability to uplift the spirits of both residents and colleagues. Joanne Fogg, Managing Director of Highgate Care, and Richard Hoggart, owner, presented the award, lauding Irma for her outstanding contribution to the home. Joanne described Irma as “a walking, talking ray of sunshine,” whose happiness and positivity radiate throughout The Lawns, making her an indispensable member of the community.

Irma’s dedication to her role and her ability to maintain a cheerful demeanour, even during challenging times, have made her an invaluable part of the care team. Her approach to care and support not only enhances the residents’ quality of life but also boosts the morale of the entire home.

The finalists for the Care Assistant of the Year, Dee Atkinson of Oaktree Hall and Lodge in Bessingby and Fran Crowl of The Grange in Darlington, have also demonstrated exceptional care and dedication. Their commitment to their residents and homes reflects the high standards and compassionate care that Highgate Care aspires to provide.

The Highgate Care Awards, an evening brimming with celebration and recognition, underscore the vital role that care assistants like Irma play in the lives of those they care for. It is a testament to the positive impact that dedicated individuals can have within their communities.