A head housekeeper from Andover has been commended for her hard work and dedication after working for over a decade at a local care home.

Denise Bennett was surprised with a long service award after reaching her ten anniversary at Arbory Residential Home on London Road. She was presented with a certificate and gifts then joined colleagues and residents for a special celebratory dinner held in her honour.

Arbory provides specialist care and support for those with dementia and other associated mental health needs. Denise joined the home in 2005 and said it is spending time with the residents that makes her job so worthwhile.

“I really enjoy meeting and getting to know the residents. You just fall in love with them,” commented Denise. “They always put a smile on my face and that’s what makes my job so worthwhile.”

She added: “Receiving the award and having a special dinner party was a total surprise and I was really touched. I’ve been at Arbory so long now I think I might qualify for a free bed when I’m older!”

Denise was presented with a watch, large bouquet and chocolates by Arbory’s general manager Iain Slack.

Iain said: “Denise is a popular member of the team and we’re very lucky to have her. It seems increasingly rare these days for people to work at the same place for any length of time, so we are very proud that Denise has been with us for over a decade.”

Arbory recently achieved the Investors in People Bronze standard in recognition of the home’s commitment to its staff and their development. Employing a team of 70, including carers, support workers and office-based staff, the home recently underwent a major refurbishment of its buildings and extensive grounds.

Iain added: “Working in the care sector isn’t always portrayed in a positive light, but it is very rewarding and you really get out of it what you put in. Quality care can make a difference to someone’s life every single day.”

For more information please visit www.arbory.co.uk

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