A Dignity Champion is someone who believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that care services must be compassionate, person centred, as well as efficient, and are willing to try to do something to achieve this.
This includes action to raise awareness in care, raise awareness in local people, share good practice and positive innovation; transform services by supporting and organisation; and lastly rewarding and recognising those who make a difference and go that extra mile.
Cherry went that extra mile and was our first dignity champion. Being a champion for dignity is something she passionately believed in. She was committed to taking action, however small, to create a care system that is compassionate and respectful for those using our services.
In memory of Cherry, we held a balloon release at the Thumbs Up Club on 1st April, a blustery spring morning. Staff and residents were joined by husband John and daughter Becky, to enjoy tea and homemade cakes, kindly made by Polars. The balloons were released in the garden at Polars and we all in our own way remembered our past Dignity Champion.