St Mary's Court Care Home, Braintree, Essex

Care home team members chosen to enjoy a night of glamour

By 6th July, 2021 News Comments Off

Seven excited team members from our Braintree care home have been chosen at random to represent the homes at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner.

Sonnet Care Homes, which runs St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery in Bocking, Braintree in Essex was shortlisted for three regional Great British Care Awards in 2020 – but the awards ceremony was postponed because of social distancing restrictions.

With the team having shown commitment and dedication to residents and colleagues throughout the challenges of the past year and a half, Sonnet CEO Julia Clinton said the rescheduled awards ceremony in Peterborough in July provided an opportunity to celebrate.

“I am so proud of the team for maintaining amazing collaboration throughout the pandemic and a bright outlook each day,” said Julia. “We offered the whole team the chance to represent the Company at this fantastic event.”

The seven team members will join Julia and shortlisted finalists Joan Sirett, Matron, shortlisted for the Palliative Care/End of life Award and Jo Whitehouse, Activities Manager, shortlisted for the Frontline Leaders Award. The Sonnet Care Homes team was also shortlisted for the Social Care COVID Hero Award for all their efforts to keep residents and the team safe.

Sonnet Care Homes CEO Julia Clinton invites resident Doreen Frost to draw the names out of a hatTo build excitement, Julia asked St Mary’s Court resident Doreen Frost to draw seven names from a hat. Care team member Irina Cocu, who was one of the seven, said: “I have been praying that I would be picked, I have been part of this amazing team for five years and the awards evenings are the best.”

Leanne Scott, who was also chosen, added: “I am really happy but shocked that my name was picked out for the award night, but I am really looking forward to going.”

Others drawn to attend include three members of the activities team, a Senior Carer and a catering assistant.

The team has been waiting since autumn 2020 for the awards ceremony and the winners to be announced.

To find out more about accommodation, respite care, and day care at The New Deanery, please call 01376 558555 or visit  For St Mary’s Court, please call 01376 328600, or visit