Caring Kate wins the prize after getting an extra smile with her ice cream
Caring Kate Waters is a improbable shopper in keeping with residents and colleagues on the care residence the place she works.
Kate’s profitable smile and bubbly persona have made her a well-liked determine at Bryn Seiont Newydd care residence at Pendine Park in Caernarfon the place she works as a care practitioner.
She has now been chosen as one of many winners of the annual Pendine Smile Awards after serving ice cream to residents and employees in the course of the summer season heatwave.
The award was introduced on World Smile Day, a day devoted to smiling and spreading random acts of kindness. At present’s concept is to do a easy act of kindness for somebody to make them smile.
Kate is one in all 14 Smile Award winners at Pendine Park – which incorporates seven care properties in Caernarfon and Wrexham – and shares the award with colleagues at Bryn Seiont Newydd, Terry Lewis and Bethan Jones.
Sandra Evans, Bryn Seiont Newydd supervisor, stated: “Kate all the time has a optimistic angle, a smile on her face and makes residents snigger.
“Through the sizzling climate, I introduced ice cream to the employees and residents and it was nice.”
In accordance with Kate, her nomination and profitable of the award got here as an enormous shock to her.
“I did not know something about it. All I did was deliver some ice cream throughout a number of days of actually sizzling climate and everybody appeared to take pleasure in it.”
“Once I came upon I used to be nominated for and received an award, I used to be in full shock. It is the primary time one thing like this has occurred to me.
“I am actually completely happy to win and I could not cease smiling,” she stated.
Kate, who lives within the Nantel Valley, has been working at Bryn Seiont Newydd for 5 years after a diverse profession in stores and at an area college.
“I really like working right here. I am a carer and I work within the halls with residents to fulfill their wants, make sure that they’re completely happy, and I hope I all the time do this with a smile on my face.”
“This award reveals that efforts are being acknowledged.”
Terry Lewis is one other devoted member of the Bryn Seiont Newydd crew to be acknowledged at this 12 months’s Smile Awards.
She has been a Care Assist Employee at Bryn Seiont Newydd for the previous 15 months and enjoys assembly residents whereas doing her job.
“I meet loads of residents throughout my shifts and I all the time attempt to chat with them. I believe a smiling face retains the residents right here at Bryn Syunt Newydd completely happy and glad,” she stated.
It is the primary time Terry, who lives in Caernarfon, has received an award and he could not be happier.
“I couldn’t consider I had been nominated or that I had received,” she stated.
Her dedication even extends to when she’s not at work. Through the annual trip interval a number of weeks in the past, she missed the residents a lot that she got here to see them.
“I like to take a seat and chat. All of them have a narrative to inform,” she stated.
However the twins’ mom admitted she might have extra work to do within the coming months, as she is about to turn out to be a grandmother for the primary time subsequent spring.
“I am actually wanting ahead to it,” Terry added.
Mum-of-two Bethan Jones, from Penygros, who works within the kitchens at Bryn Seiont Newydd, was on vacation on the Spanish island of Majorca when she found she was a Smile Award winner.
“It was a textual content from a good friend whereas I used to be on the seashore in Magaluf,” Bethan stated. “It was good to know that my work was bringing smiles to the residents of Bryn Seiont Newydd.
“We ship the meals to carers who then take them to the residents, however once they have a birthday we bake a particular cake and infrequently meet them and their households when it’s served and it’s all the time a contented and smiling event.
“It is a actually completely happy office.”
Pendine Park proprietor Mario Kreeft MBE stated: “The Smile Awards honor individuals nominated by employees, residents, their households and different guests to our properties and workplaces.
“We purpose to reward individuals who, in good occasions and dangerous, by no means lose sight of the significance of smiling and laughing and who encourage others by means of their heat and kindness.”