A very special award was presented for the first time at the recent staff awards for Bedfordshire Citizens Housing Association (BCHA).
As a way of recognising the work and care given to a resident, Patrick Conroy, his nieces Kathleen and Maria decided to create a special honour in his name to be presented each year to the staff who have demonstrated outstanding care and compassion.
This first Patrick Conroy Compassionate Care Award was given to three members of staff, Hippolyte Malonga, Bezel, Nkomo and Patience Licht for the exceptional care that they gave to Patrick.
Patrick was cared for at Charter House, part of BCHA from August 2015 until his death in December 2017.
He was born and brought up in Ireland and came to England in his twenties with his brother John. John married and had two daughters but sadly died when they were small. Patrick played a big part in their lives and supporting the family.
Patrick worked on farms in the fens and East Anglia and went on to join a road construction company where he worked until he retired.
He was a devout Catholic and his faith was at the heart of his life. He enjoyed Irish music and was a great dancer.
His health deteriorated and in 2015 it was obvious that he could no longer remain at home and he moved into Charter House.
Marie Taylor, chief executive of BCHA said: “Patrick was an incredibly popular member of our Charter House family. He was a wonderful man who enjoyed a giggle and a song. He made a real impression on all of us and he valued his time with his family including his baby great, great grand nieces.
“We are proud to be able to give this very special award each year and to keep Patrick’s memory alive.”