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Diane Deacon receives her award Picture: CPG Photography
Diane Deacon receives her award Picture: CPG Photography

A dedicated care worker with a Bishop's Stortford company was rewarded for reaching the highest of standards and achieving excellence at the seventh annual Hertfordshire Care Awards.

Diane Deacon, 55, who works for Care By Us, based at Millers Three in Southmill Road, won the Outstanding Achievement in Learning Disability Support prize, sponsored by Henley Healthcare Investments, at the glittering gala bash.

She was a dual winner of the award alongside Simon Jackson-Turner from Welwyn Garden City’s The Inclusion Project.

Diane picked up the prize in front of a packed 400-strong audience at the ceremony hosted by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA), in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, at Knebworth Barns.

Her manager, Julie Paterson, who nominated her for the award, said: “Diane has worked for Care By Us for four-and-a-half years and has worked within the learning disability sector for many more. She has supported and cared for many service users and is known for her dedication and devotion to each and every one.

“What makes Diane truly stand out from the others is the commitment and passion she shows to an individual, especially when they are in need of that additional support due to difficult circumstances.

“Among others, Diane has been supporting two of our most challenging service users, who have very little family or extended support, and have had to go through some major changes and moves within their lives. These have included some major safeguarding issues, and she has had to work closely with various professionals to ensure that the individuals’ needs are met whilst supporting them through these changes.

“Diane is an excellent team player and is respected by all who work with her. She is very supportive of the whole staff team and is never afraid to muck in when needed or to make the difficult decisions.”

Speaking on the night after collecting her award, Diane said: “I would really like to thank Care By Us for giving me the opportunity to do what is such a fantastic job.

“It’s the best job in the world and the most rewarding.”

Guests at the awards were entertained by singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan, who found fame on the 2012 series of The X Factor.

The HCPA fundraised for St John Ambulance on the night, with a prize draw and guests taking part in action games.

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