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Crawley care worker wins national award for Wellness, Happiness and Kindness

A care worker and activity champion from Crawley who works with people living with dementia has been selected from more than 4,600 staff across the UK to receive an award for her work.



L-R Fred James (Minibus Options), award winner Donna Culley, Ian Rudge (Shaw healthcare)

Donna Culley, who works at Burleys Wood care home, was presented with the ‘Wellness, Happiness, Kindness’ award – sponsored by Minibus Options – at Shaw healthcare’s annual Shaw Star Awards.

The panel of judges selected six finalists for this category and, of those shortlisted, felt that Donna demonstration of the organisation’s three core values were exceptional.

Colleagues of Donna – who nominated her for the award – described how she brings “joy and happiness to everybody she comes into contact with, making the residents happy and giving so much of her own time to make sure everybody feels involved.

Commenting on her win, Donna said:

“I love everything about my job, especially seeing positive changes in people when they get involved in our varied activities at the home. It’s great to see how their capabilities and skills improve. I make it my mission to get everyone to understand the importance of meaningful activities”.

Donna’s manager, Wan Nowakowski, added:

“Donna makes sure everyone feels involved, regardless of their capabilities. She puts so much thought and effort into what she does and makes every resident feel special”.

Donna was recognised alongside other award winners as more than 200 people gathered at The Forest of Arden Hotel in Birmingham for Shaw healthcare’s annual awards ceremony, which aims to celebrate the achievements of outstanding staff members from amongst the 4,600 care workers across Shaw’s 80 UK facilities.

Jeremy Nixey, chief executive of Shaw healthcare, said:

“It is incredible to think that the first Shaw Star Awards was held a decade ago, as it has become such an important fixture in the annual calendar. We are delighted to have been able to recognise the hard work of dozens of staff members, over that time, in various roles and from across the Shaw healthcare family.

“The Shaw Star Awards is an event that celebrates and acknowledges everything that is great about the care industry; the compassion, the empathy and the camaraderie, but above all else, the ability to make a positive difference to the lives of others. A lot has changed in the sector over the last 10 years, but one constant is the need for great people and Shaw is fortunate to have so many in its ranks.

“Those shortlisted, alongside the winners of each category, can feel very proud in the knowledge that nominations are submitted by fellow colleagues, those who use our services and their families and we want to say a big “well done” them all for going the extra mile.”

Shaw healthcare is one of the UK’s leading health and social care providers. It provides care to individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living arrangements, extra care schemes and domiciliary care settings. Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.

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K2 Crawley launches new management partner with Olympic and Paralympic medallists

Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE and Paralympic Champion Katie-George Dunlevy were on hand to help launch the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council.



The 14 November marked the start of the 10-year relationship which will see the award-winning leisure operator take over the management of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

Jackson hosted the day and shared his experiences of working as an Everyone Active Sporting Champions ambassador while Dunlevy shared details of her training at the centres in Crawley and winning Paralympic gold in Rio.

Jackson then set a series of gym challenges before cheering on pupils from Thomas Bennett Community College trying to beat the times set by the Olympian.

World record holder, Jackson, said:

“I was thrilled to be at the launch of the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council. It was a great day. I can’t wait to see the partnership progress in the future.”

Paralympic Champion, Dunlevy, said:

“The day went really well. I know that everyone is very positive about the relationship and the future. I know that everyone is really excited to get started.”

Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:

“This is a very exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough. The Council has already invested in improving centres to ensure people have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and we’re proud to have been chosen to deliver these across the community.

“We are very much looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and helping them achieve their goal of providing a top quality service while building healthier communities by encouraging more people to get active.”

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will provide leisure users with a quality service and inspire more and more people to get involved in physical activities.”

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