Care South’s Sussexdown care home, near Storrington, is celebrating after being awarded the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year’ award, and ‘Best Dining Experience’, at the company’s annual Stars Awards ceremony, held last month at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. Zelly Hutchinson was nominated, alongside numerous Managers and Deputy Managers across the company’s 18 care homes, and selected by a panel of judges after receiving several nominations from colleagues and residents at the home. The nominations praised Zelly for being approachable and friendly and always going ‘above and beyond’, with many commenting how lucky they were to have her at the home, and how fond the residents are of her. Graham Brittain, Director of Residential Care, commented: “It’s fantastic that Zelly has been recognised at this year’s Stars Awards ceremony. She is not only a fantastic mentor to the team at Sussexdown, but a compassionate and caring individual who is loved by our residents at the home.” Susan Willoughby, Chief Executive at Care South, said: “We are delighted to present Zelly with this award. She works incredibly hard to help run a very busy home and is truly enhancing people’s lives. She should be very proud to be this year’s Manager of the Year. “Our Stars Awards are now in their eighth year, and really are a highlight for us and our teams. It offers us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the professionalism, passion and commitment to care that is delivered day in, day out by our staff, and gives us the chance to acknowledge and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication. We received an incredible number of nominations this year and all our finalists and winners should be extremely proud of themselves.” Sussexdown was also selected as the winner of the ‘Best Dining Experience’, with the judging and assessment being led by Alex Every, Chef Manager. The home was given the coveted award in recognition of its excellent kitchen team, menu choice and the quality of the dining experience at the home. Care South is the leading provider of high quality residential and home care services across the south of England. Care South has care homes in Dorset, north Devon, Somerset and West Sussex, and home care offices covering east and west Dorset, Bath and North East Somerset and south Somerset. The Care South Stars Awards recognise and reward individuals, and teams, from across the company for their outstanding achievements and excellent care provision. Nominees are put forward by colleagues, residents, service users and relatives. The ceremony took place at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium and celebrated the achievements of over 50 staff who received formal qualifications during the year.