Awards honour for Alison

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER  2011
Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 DECEMBER 2011

A Whitby care home manager is heading to a glitzy awards ceremony after being chosen to represent the region in a national competition.

Alison Bedford of Peregrine House is preparing to travel to London to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the national finals of the Great British Care Awards on Saturday 20 April.

The Yorkshire region alone encompasses 1631 care homes, but in November last year Alison rose to the challenge and was crowned Care Home Registered Manager of the Year at the regional final in York.

She will now join eight other regional finalists from across the UK at the prestigious event held at Grosvenor House in London hosted by ballroom dance star and television presenter Anton Du Beke.

Alison has been at Peregrine House since 1999 where she began work in the kitchen and has worked her way up through the home, training on the job and mastering each role to reach the position she holds today.

Her skills have helped to earn Peregrine House its own string of accolades.

Alison also instigated the home’s philosophy of care, which is to treat the residents in the same way that they would the most cherished member of their own family.

Earlier this month, Alison travelled to London to be interviewed by the panel of three judges for the national award, but will not find out until the award ceremony whether she has been successful in achieving the national accolade to cap her regional title.

Dr Kevin O’Sullivan who, with his wife Teresa owns Peregrine House, said “It’s an enormous and daunting challenge to compete for the national title and we’re immensely proud that Alison has got this far.

“We know she deserves to win and hope that she enjoys the experience of representing not only Peregrine House, but the best quality care in Yorkshire.”