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Care home gardener is recognised for two decades of 'dedicated service'

Care home gardener is recognised for two decades of 'dedicated service'

by Danielle Thompson (February 2020)

A CARE home gardener and chef who has given ‘20 years of dedicated service’ has been recognised for his ‘hard work.’

Joe Ball, from Southport, has worked at the elderly people’s charity Methodist Homes Association’s Connell Court home on Weld Road in Birkdale since 2000. He was given a certificate of recognition and £200 worth of vouchers from the Association last week.

Anna Harvey, home manager at Connell Court said: “Having worked at food manufacturer, Moy Park, for 15 years, Joe was made redundant in 1999. Following this, Joe joined our team as a part-time kitchen assistant, in addition to spending two days a week helping out in the garden at the home.

“His role soon changed to a full-time position, gaining the admiration and affection of staff and residents alike. A committed and versatile worker, Joe works wherever he is needed, often travelling to other MHA homes that require an extra pair of hands.

“Joe has always been a keen traveller and likes to holiday in Spain twice a year with his partner, believing the secret to continued happiness in later years is to maintain a good work-life balance wherever possible.

“He is a highly valued member of our team, always putting smiles on the faces of residents and other members of staff. No matter where he’s working – whether that’s in the kitchen, the garden, or even in another home – Joe’s infectious personality makes a big difference to the MHA community. From everyone here at Connell Court – thank you Joe for everything you do!”

Joe Ball added: “To work for MHA is to work in a team that always supports each other, always looks after each other.

“No matter what jobs are in store for me, I love coming in every day and spending time with the residents, and it’s a sure-fire way to keep me active. I couldn’t have asked for any more from these 20 years at MHA and hope there are many more to come.”

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