Lodge Staff Win at North West Care Awards

Two members of staff at The Lodge dementia care facility at Chorley have won top accolades in the Great North West Care Awards, a scheme which celebrates excellence in social care and pays tribute to those who work in the sector throughout England.

Paul Cylok, Care Support Worker, won the Dementia Carer Award, and Ben Markham, Senior Team Leader, gained the Frontline Leaders Award. They now go on to the national finals, which will take place in London next year.

Paul has worked at The Lodge for just over two years and was a finalist last year in the Putting People First category of the awards. The judges for this year's awards said: "His passion and enthusiasm shone through. An inspiring person who has embraced change – well done Paul!"

Paul said: "It was a tremendous feeling to win this award but I couldn't do the work I do or have won this award without the backing of the team I work with."

Ben Markham, who has worked at The Lodge since it first opened five years ago, progressed quickly from his initial role as a Care Support Worker. The judges comments on Ben were: "He is a leader who through infectious enthusiasm, commitment and a love for his work inspires his team to deliver outstanding creative support for residents."

Ben said: "It was very rewarding to have my work recognised in this way. We have a great team at The Lodge and it's a great achievement for us all."

As part of The Lodge's Raleigh Community team, Ben is also a finalist in the Care Team 2012 category of the National Care Awards. The judging will take place in London on November 30.

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