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  • Margaret Butterworth Award 2015 Winners Announced Posted on 12 August 2015

    Dementia Pathfinders were delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Margaret Butterworth Award at their presentation event held in London last month.

    First a little about Margaret Butterworth, a family carer turned activist, who made it her business to make a difference for people living with the symptoms of dementia, their families and caregivers.

    Margaret’s achievements and legacies are numerous, not least the way she inspired everybody she met, creating communities of health and social services professionals and above all speaking up for the unsung heroes and heroines who spend expensive periods of time caring for and communicating with people whose symptoms can be exceptionally difficult to deal with and understand.  Theory is one thing, being there is another thing altogether, and it is in recognition of the very important role of being there, going the extra mile to make a difference to people with dementia, an illness that society prefers not to see.  


    In terms of this award the judges are looking for the qualities that Margaret stood for: reports from clients, residents, and family caregivers, about people doing sterling work who might not get recognised elsewhere. In order to be fair to those nominated we need detailed examples of what the person does to make a difference.

    We have 4 people highly commended and 1 winner.  It was a very difficult decision and all of these people could have been the winner, but just one was singled out by all the judges …. 

    The Winner, Diane Ingham, was awarded £300
    Support worker 
    Shadon House Resource Centre Gateshead Council 

    Diane Ingham stood out for the judges for being ‘just the cleaner’ yet clearly has a huge impact on the lives of people with dementia at Shadon House by involving them in her duties and everyday life.  Her "can do" attitude and going the extra mile to bring wellbeing and integrate people with dementia into community living …  the hallmark of all that Margaret Butterworth stood for.  


    Very highly commended was Jairo Medina who received £200
    Live in Care Worker 
    Sweet Tree Home Care London

    Jairo was singled out for exemplary live in care, and glowing references from his client and family. It is a great privilege to welcome Joe, and Helen Behrer here today.   Joe’s creativity hard work and companionship facilitates their relationship and makes it possible for him to stay at home and lead his client to say “dementia does not restrict my quality of life”


    Very highly commended was John Patterson who received £200
    Suport Worker
    Promoting Independence Centre Gateshead Council

    No previous experience of care worker but has quickly become a valued member of the team. An avid listener and learner. Excellent relationships with all service users who seek him out by asking when he is on shift 
    for bringing ordinary life and humanity to work applying new training - a 'rising star’

    "Creates a sense of anticipation at the beginning of a shift and a sense of achievement at the end."


    Very highly commended was Susan McCready who received £200
    Domiciliary support worker
    Gateshead Council 

    For grit and knack with people who don't want services, listening intensely, providing hope to families and traversing service boundaries. 13 years on the job counts for a lot!


    Very highly commended was Lauren Gray who recieved £200
    Health Care Assistant
    Residential care home Wales

    Mammoth achievements personally and her special rapport with residents and staff.  The judges hope this award will encourage you to stay in this field and continue to make such a difference to the quality of life for people with dementia

    Brian Daniels with Margaret Butterworth Award winner, Diane Ingham

    Brian Daniels with Award winner Lauren Gray

    Brian Daniels with Award winner John Patterson

    Brian Daniels with Award winner Jairo Medina

    For information on the 2016 Margaret Butterworth Award and how to nominate, please Click Here

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