It is with great pride that we can say that Nadine Suitor & Sarah Smith of our Crummock Road service will be attending one of the Queen’s Garden Parties in recognition for their achievements. This prestigious honour is a testament to the impact they have had on the lives of the people they support.

Nadine and Sarah’s royal recognition even earned the attention of ITV! The pair were profiled on the ITV Border show which went out across the local area. They understandably felt nervous before, but the journalist who interviewed them told us they were complete naturals. They are surely now on the way to local celebrity status! Nadine and Sarah represent everything that Walsingham Support stands for exceptionally. Our values, our commitment to improving the lives of the people we support and our commitment not just to support, but to happiness.

Walsingham Support’s CEO Paul Snell said:

I am extremely proud that Sarah, Nadine and the whole team at our Crummock Road service have been recognised for their incredible work in increasing the quality of life and happiness of the people we support. The team have received a rare 'Outstanding' CQC report, won a National Learning Disabilities & Autism Award, and been invited to meet The Queen at her Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in May, all of which prove that they put the individuals we support at the heart of everything they do.

Their journey began with a letter from the father of a person supported at Crummock Road by Nadine and Sarah. The letter expressed huge gratitude to them both. It was full of compliments to their can-do attitude and hard work. Like many of our support workers across England and Wales, Nadine and Sarah had changed a life, becoming part of someone’s story by doing the extraordinary every day - their job.

Last year, Nadine Suitor, Deputy Manager and Sarah Smith, Locality Manager at Crummock Road won the prestigious National Learning Disabilities & Autism Award for Best Employer. This came from a report from the CQC, which granted the service the rare title of ‘Outstanding’. The service provides support for adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health and complex needs.

At the time, judges said:

Walsingham Support’s passion and drive to enhance the lives of people they support was inspirational. We felt they were a dynamic team who focused on making a tangible difference.

With the big day at Buckingham Palace fast approaching, we wish Nadine and Sarah the very best of days as their outstanding achievements are celebrated in the grandest of fashions.