Rikki in the running for carer award

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AN EMPLOYEE with learning difficulties at the Buccleuch Care Centre in Hawick is in with a chance to be named Scotland’s Carer of the Year,

Rikki Cunningham has been selected as a finalist in the category at the Scottish Care Awards 2013, with the winners announced at a ceremony in the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow tomorrow.

Over 300 entries for 13 awards have been received this year from employers, employees, care home residents and their families nominating staff, peers and colleagues.

Rikki is stunned that he has been recognised as a finalist for the awards.

He said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be nominated as one of the finalists in the Scottish Care Awards.”

Eveline Moyes, manager of the Buccleuch Care Centre, nominated Rikki. She said: “Rikki has a learning difficulty making it difficult for him to read, write and retain information. Despite this, he performs his role to a high level.”

She added: “He lights up the faces of residents just by walking into a room and always has time to chat, help them enjoy their stay and give them a laugh.

“Rikki is of the belief it is now their home and they need to feel as safe, secure and cared for as if in their own home.”

Eveline said: “Rikki is liked by other staff members, is dedicated, responsible and has risen to the challenge of becoming a great carer.

“An example to others, he never shows he may be feeling low, always has a smile on his face, and the residents love Rikki.”

The Scottish Care National Care Home Conference, now in its fourteenth year, has incorporated an awards ceremony for the last nine years.