The Sparkle Awards 2019

AvantecareCare & Support

A Time to Sparkle

Avante Care & Support, a not-for profit care organisation, hosted their first Sparkle award ceremony celebrating, recognising and rewarding the excellent work that goes on across Avante.  

There were 16 award categories including Registered Manager, Volunteer, Home Carer and Ancillary awards. The ceremony took place at the Marriott Hotel in Bexleyheath with over 140 staff members, Trustees and residents in attendance.

Stuart Cross, Managing Director, opened proceedings with a warm welcome congratulating all those who had been nominated. He also took the opportunity to thank all staff across the organisation for their hard work and dedication. Stuart then invited guest speaker Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, on to the stage who spoke to the audience with a highly engaging and thought provoking talk, sharing with the audience her thoughts on the future of care, in particular around technology.

Next came the award ceremony which was compered by HR Director, Derek Lindars. The afternoon celebrated good care practice across the care homes and home care services, staff development across the organisation and those staff who go the extra mile to support their work colleagues and others.   

Lyndsay Hopper, Marketing Manager, Sparkle Award Organiser, saidThe Sparkle Awards 2019 were a huge success, with over 140 people in attendance. The ceremony provided an excellent platform to recognise and thank staff and volunteers across the organisation for their dedication and hard work. Well done to all of the award winners, runners up, those shortlisted and also to those that were nominated for the Sparkle Awards 2019. I would like to thank Vic Rayner for being our guest speaker and thank NursePlus who kindly sponsored and attended the event.


Registered Manager Award

Winner - Emma Hodges, Court Regis

Runner up - Kim Drury, Bridge Haven

Deputy/Assistant Manager Award

Winner - Gifty Adjin-Tettey

Runner up - Eddie Hall

Senior Care Lead/Supervisor Award

Winner - Jeannette Spooner

Runner up - Juliet Madera

Residential Carer Award

Winner - Enid Tomlinson

Runner up - Gemma Edmunds

Home Carer Award

Winner - Sharon Baker

Runner up - Paige Fleetwood

Catering Team Award

Winner - Puddingstone Grange

Runner up - Court Regis

Supporter Award

Winner - Bernadette Dowdle

Runner up - Darren Carrett

Ancillary Award

Winner - Donna Goodayle

Runner up - Julia Matton

Activites Co-ordinator Award

Winner - Vicky O’Neill

Runner up - Emma Ansley

Home Care Co-ordinator/ Field Care Officer Award

Winner - Pauline Sheedy

Runner up - Janette Baker

Avante Staff Bank Award

Winner - Regina Iweajunwa

Runner up - Madollar Sibanda

Volunteer Award

Winner - Susan Nanson

Runner up - Doreen Moorley

Innovation Award

Winner - Riverdale Court

Runner up - Ye Hamblett

Staff Development Award

Winner - Sammie Dwyer

Runner up - Pauline Sheedy

Sparkle Award

Winner - Bridge Haven

Runner up - Valiant Care Team, Amherst Court

Chair of Trustees Award

Winner - Kim Drury