Double success for Thorp House nursing home in Griston, near Watton, at Kingsley Healthcare awards

Care home manager of the year Kirsty Holden, centre, at the annual Kingsley Healthcare Care Awards.

Care home manager of the year Kirsty Holden, centre, at the annual Kingsley Healthcare Care Awards. Picture: Sam Markwell. - Credit: Archant

Nursing home workers were jubilant after achieving a double success at their company's awards.

Greg Allan, Partner at Birketts, and Sarah Ferguson, Kingsley Human Resources Director, join Annabel

Greg Allan, Partner at Birketts, and Sarah Ferguson, Kingsley Human Resources Director, join Annabel Croft and David Whiteley in presenting Activities Co-Ordinator of the Year award to Jade Smith. - Credit: Archant

Kirsty Holden, at Thorp House in Griston, near Watton, won the flagship care home manager of the year award while Jade Smith took the activities coordinator of the year title.

Meanwhile, Thorp's Jordan Wilson was a runner up in the prestigious support worker of the year category.

The home was also nominated for the care home of the year award, won by Kirkley Manor in Lowestoft, and for care home marketing initiative of the year in recognition of its successful Spring Bank Holiday vintage fete.

Judges remarked that Mrs Holden was 'full of life, committed, knowledgeable and caring' and said she saw residents as an extension of her own family.

Daya Thayan, co-founder and CEO of Lowestoft-based Kingsley Healthcare. Picture: Sam Markwell

Daya Thayan, co-founder and CEO of Lowestoft-based Kingsley Healthcare. Picture: Sam Markwell - Credit: Sam Markwell


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The relationships she had built up with the professional teams meant that the home was sought after by all sectors with beds in high demand.

Miss Smith was described as 'the girl who brings the home to life and a clear winner in the eyes of the staff and the residents'.

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The awards, hosted by BBC Look East presenter David Whiteley and former tennis star Annabel Croft, were held at the Ivy House Country Hotel in Lowestoft for a third year.

Kingsley Healthcare chief executive Daya Thayan gave an upbeat message on the company's fortunes in his opening address.

Kingsley Care Awards presenters Daya and Sumi Thayan, co-founders, Annabel Croft and David Whiteley.

Kingsley Care Awards presenters Daya and Sumi Thayan, co-founders, Annabel Croft and David Whiteley. Picture: - Credit: Archant

He told staff and invited guests: 'We have sustained compound annual EBITDA growth of 35pc per annum over a 17 year period.

'That is a tremendous achievement and we would not have been able to grow without the great work you, our staff, do day in, day out.

'You are the backbone of our operation and it is your commitment and compassion that we celebrate here today.'

He said it was the dedication of staff that had been instrumental in Kingsley's rise to become one of the best operators in the country in terms of low staff turnover and 72pc good CQC ratings.

'Our challenge is to maintain the value system we set out on day one,' he said.

'Importantly, we have always said every home we operate should be fit enough and good enough for our parents to stay in – that is the mum and dad test we want to pass every day.'

He told staff at the awards that they were a 'special group of people invited to celebrate their hard work and the hard work of others' in a group that now employed more than 1,500 people and ran 29 care homes with a 30th set to open next spring.

And Mr Thayan said he was really excited to be launching Kingsley's 2025 vision.

'We want Kingsley to be the best in class at what we do and we want to be the number one choice for young people seeking to join our industry,' he said.

'Our commitment to young people is shown by the launch of our Kingsley Care Academy at East Coast College in November.'

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