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National Chair is recognised with prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Published: 17th April 2023

Sue Cawthray, the National Chair of the NACC has been recognised for her years of service during a glittering awards gala for the 2023 Public Sector Catering Awards, which took place on 13th April at the London Hilton Metropole.

Sue Cawthray is in her third term as our chair. She has been notable for pursuing higher standards of care catering and championing the positive impact that good nutrition, hydration and mealtimes have on the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of the elderly and vulnerable.

Along with being the NACC’s Chair, Sue is chief executive of Harrogate Neighbours, an award-winning organisation which provides residential care, community care as well as the Harrogate and Ripon Angels meals on wheels service, which she helped set up to fill the gap left by the closure of a local service.

The citation recognised her contribution in getting Harrogate Neighbours awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest form of recognition a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Sue has also spoke out on many occasions to remind the Government of its obligations to the care sector as it stood in the forefront of Covid-19 and the restrictions that we all faced.

Speaking at the Awards night, Sue said: “I am absolutely shocked and did not expect it. I am just so grateful that I have been given the opportunity to do the job I do every day. I believe at Harrogate Neighbours we make a difference to people’s lives every day. I have the most amazing team at Harrogate Neighbours who are dedicated and hardworking. I am just so grateful for the work they put in as well as their dedication and commitment because we do it together.”

Earlier in the evening, care homes group and NACC members Care UK, won the Care Catering Award and their Caroline Lloyd, also won the Unsung Hero Award.

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