28 Jan 2015
Hazel Diner, who lives at Anchor’s Tudor Court in Biggin Hill, has won a Best Neighbour award after being nominated by manager Michelle Smith for always going the extra mile for her neighbours.
Over 600 nominations were sent in for Anchor’s Happy Living Awards for those who live with Anchor who is England’s largest not for profit care and housing provider. The awards were launched in May with six categories: Green Fingered Customer, Best Neighbour, Silver Surfer, Best Grandparent, Community Champion and Carer of the Year.
Hazel Diner, who has lived at Tudor Court for four years, is thrilled to receive the Best Neighbour award. She said: “I am over the moon to have won. It is very important to have good neighbours, so it’s lovely to hear that I am making people happy. I like to help others, whether it is simply to be there with a cup of tea at a difficult time or to go out for the day and do something fun.”
Scheme manager Michelle Smith said: “Hazel deserves this award because, in the few years she has lived with Anchor, she has made a huge difference to everyone here at Tudor Court. She makes friends wherever she goes and is always organising social activities, which I believe has a real positive impact on the other tenants’ health and wellbeing.
“Hazel arranges so many social events - coffee mornings twice a week, special dinners, afternoon Pimms in the garden, cream teas, day trips to the coast and local places of interest, dog racing, horse racing… I could go on! Other tenants have told me how much this means to them, and I can see how the quality of life has improved for people who were previously quite shy or lonely.
“Hazel gives her time so freely and generously. At Christmas, she makes sure any residents who are alone come together in the communal lounge, and cooks a meal for everyone. She makes a lovely Boxing Day lunch too, and always throws a New Year’s Eve party. Hazel cares so much for other people - she is inspiring.”