Anchor’s Debbie Sharples receives an MBE from the Queen

A stunned Debbie Sharples has finally been able to tell colleagues today that she has received an Honour from Her Majesty the Queen.

Customer Engagement Advisor Debbie, who has worked for Anchor for eight years, said she was thrilled after being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her outstanding work with promoting meaningful activity within Anchor’s locations.

Debbie, who will be getting married to partner Gary later this year, said 2013 will be a year to remember.

She said: “I feel overwhelmed about this award as I feel that I’m only doing my job. But this award means that the importance of meaningful activity has been recognised by the highest order of the land – Her Majesty the Queen.

“This award is for everyone within Anchor who has strived to put activity high up the agenda to make our customers happy.

“I would like to thank Anchor’s Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft and Tee Tatum, the Hospitality Manager at Ashcroft and Springfield care homes in Bradford, for nominating me for this honour.”

Debbie, who will receive the honour later this year, was recognised for spearheading the project to create Anchor’s Big Box of activity cards which suggests exciting additions to activities in all locations. The Big Box has been successful in providing ideas for individual interests and group activities as well as offering opportunities to foster closer links with the community.

Being a member of the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA), Debbie is passionate about the importance of meaningful activity so joined the communications, sales and catering teams to launch the media training for business managers, activity co-ordinators and housing managers.

Despite travelling around the county to different locations several days a week to support activities, Debbie has found time to be involved in many Anchor initiatives: The Anchor Community Band, International Older People’s Day, which has raised more than £65,000 for various charities since 2010, various internal award projects and the roll out of Rookie Golf.

Debbie was a founder member of the Legacy Funding Panel which has assigned more than £500,000 to a wide variety of sustainable projects aimed at making customers happy.

Jane Ashcroft said: “I’m delighted that Debbie has been recognised for the important work she has done to promote meaningful activity in our care homes and housing locations.

“Her enthusiasm, creativity and passion for person-centred care make her an Anchor ambassador of whom I am very proud.”

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