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Trophy time for Rob at Unsung Hero Awards... and well done to all our finalists, raffle winners and best dressed winner!

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Rob Cox scooped the top IT and Digital Award at the Unsung Hero Awards where CHFT also had a tremendous three other finalists.

Rob was nominated for his work as Senior Information/System Analysist in Information Management and collected the trophy at the event in Manchester where non-clinical NHS heroes aged 18 to 92 were recognised for all their hard work.

Rob, said: “The night was great. It was a lovely venue with a lot of positivity. It was good to hear about the good things going on across the NHS. I was very grateful to be nominated by Lynn so just being there was amazing." 

Rob's nominator and colleague Lynn Lucas, said Rob has a "profound care for his craft” and he was "dedicated, focused, determined and committed to working smarter, both for himself and encouraging others to do so.”

The Unsung Hero Awards are a national awards ceremony held every year at the Hilton Hotel on Deansgate in Manchester, commemorating the non-medical and non-clinical NHS staff and volunteers for all their hard work and achievements over the year in their roles. 

Our other Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS FT finalists - so big congrats to them too - were:

  •   Andrew Whitworth - Estates & Ancillary award for his work as Housekeeper and a minibus of his ward team joined him for the night.
  •  The Materials and Management & Stores team - a Corporate Services award
  •  Karen English - Leadership Award for her role as Blood Transfusion Manager.

Other winners on the night were a 92-year-old volunteer from Northumbria and a teenager who set up an app to support Parkinson's disease sufferers.  

The raffle raised more than £2,000 for our CHFT Charity (half in donations and doubled by Barclays) as a thank you for being the launch host.

Helen Barker and her PA Sue Laycock brought the awards to CHFT after they were finalists last year and Helen, who drew the raffle, said this year's event was "spectacular". She said: “This is an amazing opportunity to recognise the 100s of non-clinical staff across CHFT who work tirelessly to deliver high quality services to patients and colleagues alike and recognise them we did - with us having the most nominations from a single organisation and four reaching the finals.

"The night itself was quite spectacular and great to see CHFT representing Yorkshire at the event. Our finalists were well supported with the recognition for everyone at CHFT ringing regularly (and very loudly) throughout the night. I couldn’t have been happier or prouder."

* On the night  Colleague Engagement Adviser Sam Lindl was another winner being voted the Best Dressed attendee in a  gorgeous purple Phase Eight sale gown top right in the collage. Sam said: " I felt super excited to have won and proud to have been representing CHFT."

*One of the biggest cheers of the night went to Rob's supporter Julian Bates who won a Mindfulness Course in the raffle  and then a Kindle. When he gave the second one back for a redraw the room erupted. Other prizes included a signed man City shirts won by Lynn Lucas who sold it on with the money going to CHFT Charity. 


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