In a poignant celebration of leadership within the care home sector, Oprah Kitchen of Oaktree Hall and Lodge in Bessingby, Bridlington, was honoured as the Home Leader of the Year at the esteemed Highgate Care Awards. The ceremony, held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds on February 29th, was a tribute to exceptional leadership and dedication in the care community.

Under Oprah Kitchen’s guidance, Oaktree Hall and Lodge has thrived, reflecting her unwavering commitment, positive outlook, and compassionate approach to care. Her ability to consistently exceed expectations while maintaining a positive attitude has earned her profound respect from colleagues, peers, and residents alike, significantly enhancing the home’s atmosphere and quality of care.

Joanne Fogg, Managing Director of Highgate Care, praised Oprah’s outstanding achievements, highlighting her as an inspirational figure who has earned immense respect from all quarters. Joanne remarked, “Oprah’s dedication and positive attitude set her apart, always going the extra mile with a smile. Despite her demanding schedule and family responsibilities, Oprah achieved her NVQ level 3 with distinction, demonstrating her commitment to excellence.”

This award not only recognises Oprah’s professional accomplishments but also acknowledges her dedication and resilience in balancing career advancement with family commitments.

The finalists for this esteemed accolade, Amy Everington of Foresters Lodge Care Home in Bridlington and Christianne Cole of Maple Lodge Care Home in Catterick have likewise demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment within their roles, making significant contributions to their respective homes and communities.