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Frances Hodgkins Kindness Award Winner


Frances Hodgkins kindness award winner Sandi Keen pictured with the colleagues who nominated her.
From left to right: Tracey Elliott, Sandi Keen and Janice Walsh.

Singing, dancing, kindness and compassion are all in the box of tricks that make Sandi Keen one super caregiver.

The senior caregiver at Frances Hodgkins has been busy keeping her residents cared for and entertained for 20 years and her hard work and compassion have won her the village’s Kindness Award.

She loves brightening her residents’ days with singing and dancing and her famous butterfly stickers which find their way onto their walkers. Another favourite is putting posies of flowers on breakfast trays to give them a nice surprise. She is also famous for bringing in unexpected treats for her colleagues.

The singing and dancing are a legacy from her time as a stage performer. Now work is her stage and the residents are her audience. “I love going to work, it’s my happy place. I feel blessed and privileged to work here and to have chosen this path.’’

She was awestruck, shocked and dumbfounded to win the award because she says everyone at Frances Hodgkins is kind.

“I absolutely love the place, it is a family environment, everyone is helpful, everyone is approachable and everyone is a team player. The staff are marvellous and the management is too. In fact it is a marvellous company to work for.’’

She believes in making the most of each day with residents.

“I decided a long time ago that everyone is precious. You never know what’s around the corner.’’

When she is not at work Sandi is a keen greyhound racer and residents tune in to see how she is doing on Trackside TV.

Her colleagues praised Sandi for her hard work and bubbly personality.

One wrote: “Sandi is such a kind and caring person and goes out of her way every day to share this amongst staff and residents. You can often hear Sandi before you see her, laughing or sharing with a resident. She is an inspirational caregiver and brings so much happiness to Frances Hodgkins.’’

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