The winners of the SCA Group Dignity competition were awarded their prizes at the Fenwick2 Health and Well-being Centre in Lyndhurst as part of their Dignity Action Day celebrations.
Michael Harris, from New Milton, Lucy Newman, from Sway, Jacob Adams, aged 12, from Ringwood and the carers' group at Fenwick2 all received prizes from SCA Group Chief Executive Maria Mills.
The competition was for people living in the New Forest, Southampton and surrounding areas. It aimed to celebrate national Dignity Action Day on February 25th and the launch of a second day for SCA's dementia respite day care service at Fenwick2, starting on Tuesdays from April 5th.
Dignity Action Day promotes the need to treat older people with dignity, respect and value, while the respite service allows people with early dementia to receive support and care one day a week and their carers to have some time off.
Judges Sarah Misselbrook, a Southampton-based artist who has produced art work at Fenwick2, and SCA Board member Henry Rosenvinge said they were impressed with the entrants' differing interpretations of Dignity.
Michael Harris, who won first prize of £50, kindly donated by the Daily Echo, Southampton, submitted a poem highlighting the frustration of being cared for; while second prize winner Lucy Newman, who won a day trip to France on Brittany Ferries and entry tickets to Exbury Gardens, impressed the judges with her photo composition on the dignity theme.
The F2 carers' group submitted a Tree of Caring collage, which won third prize of a mobility walker kindly donated by New Forest Mobility Services, while Jacob Adams' photo of his grandfather was highly commended and won tickets to the Beaulieu National Motor Museum.
Wendy Walsh, SCA's Associate Director of Care, thanked all those who entered, as well as the sponsors who supported the competition.
"Dignity Action Day is an important way of highlighting the importance of good quality care and of respect for the elderly. We hope to be able to continue the competition in subsequent years."