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Careline service recognised with award from high sheriff

A Tendring District Council (TDC) service supporting some of the most vulnerable people in the area has been recognised for its hard work with a prestigious award.

Careline, which runs a 24-hour emergency personal alarm helpline and a lifting and mobile response service, has been given a High Sheriff’s Award.

The High Sheriff of Essex, Julie Fosh, has written to Careline staff praising them for their continued hard work during the Coronavirus outbreak, and presented the service with a certificate in recognition of “great and valuable services to the community during the Covid-19 Pandemic”.

The certificate adds: “This also recognises the appreciation of the residents and people of Essex for activity and contribution in enhancing the life of the community at this difficult time.”

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political Royal appointment, made each year to support royal visits and High Court judges when they sit in the county – the role also gives support to the emergency services and justice agencies and promotes voluntary work.

In her handwritten letter Mrs Fosh, who took up the role as 840th High Sheriff of Essex at the end of March commended Careline’s “tremendous work”.

She added: “Your care, and in particular your lifting service, has clearly saved numerous ambulances having to attend straight-forward falls in the home, and this has undoubtedly saved hundreds of thousands of pounds and, more importantly, allowed the ambulance services to cope with the extensive demands on them at this difficult time.

“I extend my heartfelt thanks for all you are doing.”

Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, said he was proud of the team’s work.

“Even in difficult circumstances the Careline team has continued to work hard, bolstered by colleagues from elsewhere at TDC, to support some of our most vulnerable residents,” Cllr Stock said.

“We have had to adapt and work differently, and put in place some of business continuity plans, but are still providing help and assistance to those in need.

“I would like to echo the High Sheriff’s comments and give a huge well done to the team.”

For updates on how Coronavirus is impacting upon TDC services and for the latest information and advice, visit www.tendringdc.gov.uk/coronavirus.



For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.