Maidstone Winners Announced: Senior Person of the Year 2012

The Mayor of Maidstone with 2012 Winners

Mr. Colin Richards was announced as Maidstone’s Senior Person of the Year at an afternoon tea event held at Barty House Nursing Home, Bearstead. The Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr. Rodd Nelson-Gracie presented Mr. Richards with the Award and the first prize of a visit to the Houses of Parliament with lunch and travel for Colin and a guest.  Colin was nominated for the award by his wife, Christine, for the care and attention he provides to his mother–in-law. He has also been a regular volunteer at accident and emergency in Maidstone.

The runner-up was Ms. Vera Smith, 90. Vera was nominated by her neighbour for her constant caring of others, in particular helping all her neighbours. Vera could not attend this awards ceremony due to ill health but her friend Debra accepted the award on her behalf.

The Mayor said: “It is a great pleasure to be here at Barty House to present these Awards. Colin has demonstrated that kindness begins at home and this kindness will never be forgotten. The runner up, Ms Vera Smith is also a remarkable member of the community and her contribution still at 90 is greatly appreciated by all her neighbours.”

Nominator prize of £100 gift card was given to Debra Weeden. This is the first year of the PR campaign run by Barty House Nursing Home in association with the Kent Messenger. It is hoped that it will grow in size and standing every year.

The manager of Barty House Nursing Home, Jacqui Butler, said; “We feel very passionate about our local senior citizens and can see on a daily basis how they contribute immensely to the community, families and individuals. We are delighted to be able to acknowledge this publically.”

Barty House Nursing Home specialises in providing quality nursing and residential care for the elderly. Barty House Nursing Home has a 3* (excellent) rating from the Care Quality Commission. For more information visit:


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