A Shropshire care home has recognised the hard work and commitment of three of its care staff.

Claire Jukes, who has worked at Stone House in Bishops Castle for 25 years, Julie Bance for 20 years and Sarah Sherwood for 10 years, have all been presented with long service awards by care home manager Keturah Bloor.

The 40-bed home is run by Coverage Care, Shropshire’s leading independent care home provider, which as a company recognises employees long service at 15, 25 and 35.

More recently the not-for-profit organisation decided to introduce further awards at 10, 20 and 30 years as a way of thanking dedicated employees.

She said: “It’s such a milestone for employees to reach 10, 20 or even 30 years service that they deserve a big thank you.”

“We have more than 60 members of staff here at Stone House and some have been with us for 35 years or more. We have a very dedicated and passionate team.”

Julie started her career at the home as a care assistant and continues with this role working in the home’s dedicated dementia unit.

She said: “I really enjoy the caring side of my job and making a difference to the residents and making them happy.

“Some people do not get any visitors so for me it’s about making a difference to their day.

“No two days are the same and I work with some lovely people.”

Meanwhile Claire works as a night care assistant and Sarah is a care assistant.

Sarah added: “I find what I do very rewarding and I also think it’s very important to give people the best possible life we can whilst they are here with us. It makes me happy to know I’m making them happy.”

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Sarah Sherwood (Left) has worked at Stone House for 10 years and Julie Bance (Right) has worked there for 20 years.
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Claire Jukes