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Forest Gate manager named Care Home Worker of the Year at national awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 12:50 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 28 March 2017

Richard Webb, Robert Nicholls from Abbey Legal, Care Home Worker of the Year Janette Neal, Denise Van Outen. Picture: Kerry Ann Duffy

Richard Webb, Robert Nicholls from Abbey Legal, Care Home Worker of the Year Janette Neal, Denise Van Outen. Picture: Kerry Ann Duffy

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A care manager from Newham has been awarded Care Home Worker of the Year at a national awards ceremony.

Forest Gate employee Janette Neal impressed judges at the Towergate Care Awards with her “remarkable” support of people with learning disabilities at Sahara Lodge and Sahara Gardens in Earlham Grove.

The 62-year-old was one of hundreds of entries nominated and received her gong at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Denise Van Outen at the Dorchester Hotel.

Janette, who launched a day care centre in 2011 to offset service cuts to the Newham care sector, said she was “extremely honoured” and “amazed” to win the accolade.

She said: “It means so much to me to be recognised in this way.

“Providing opportunity, equality and inclusion for adults with learning disabilities is my oxygen and to be rewarded in this way was such a proud and humbling moment for me.”

She added: “The caring sector can face some very negative criticism and this event showcased how many wonderful people there are out there who are really striving and making a difference in enhancing people’s lives.”

Kirsty Wainwright-Noble, who works for insurance broker Towergate, said Janette’s story had “really stood out” to judges.

She said: “Janette demonstrates remarkable excellence in care and is truly deserving of this award and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on her accolade.”

The Towergate Care Awards, which were held this year on March 23, celebrate individuals who demonstrate outstanding excellence in care.

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