The Chelsea Pensioners singing group sang some classic favourites as guests found their seats, before Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum opened the ceremony. Vic honoured all the fantastic finalists and the high standard of work taking place across the sector.
Vic then handed over to Dame Esther Rantzen and Rebecca Wilcox to run the proceedings. With their warmth and laugh-out-loud interactions, as well as Esther’s interviewing technique that puts even the most nervous finalist at ease, the mother and daughter duo announced the winners of the 12 categories.
Attendees were able to hear about some truly innovative work, which has the potential to change service delivery, improve lives, join-up systems and save money.
When the ceremony was complete, the audience was treated to another live performance from the Chelsea Pensioners, this time joined by pupils from St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School. Everyone sang along to the Christmas tunes, which got us all in the festive spirit.
Click here for a full list of the winners of the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards 2018.
Winners will be featured in CMM each month, sharing their stories and the initiatives they won for. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists and thanks to the event’s wonderful supporters and sponsors.