A dedicated care worker from Wheathampstead was rewarded for reaching the highest of standards and achieving excellence at the seventh annual Hertfordshire Care Awards.
Annie Fitzgerald, who is the founder of St Albans’ Care 4 Freedom, won the Care Leadership Award, sponsored by YO Telecom, at the glittering gala bash on Friday, November 24.
Fitzgerald picked up the prize in front of a packed 400-strong audience at the ceremony hosted by the Hertfordshire Care Providers Association, in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, at Knebworth Barns.
A support worker, who nominated Fitzgerald for the award, said: “Annie is a powerful leader and does amazing things for the community during her work life and in her free time.
“Annie will do anything to ensure her staff and service users are treated fairly. She is always pushing her team to take on as much training as possible to ensure that service users are always receiving the highest standard of care. “Annie works directly with service users and sets a great example for the rest of her team on how people deserve to and should be treated. “As a boss Annie is very supporting and caring and will do anything she can to make sure her staff are well taken care of so that they can continue to provide high-quality care for service users.”
Speaking on the night after collecting her award, 46-year-old Fitzgerald said: “I enjoy making leaders and supporting people get into leadership.
“Anybody can be a leader if they’re passionate about what they believe in.”