“In 50 years, so much has changed in how we support our residents. When I began, we would do everything for them. Even when the children were no longer children, we would do everything for them. Now, at FitzRoy we are enablers for independent living. We support, but we also encourage them to live as independently as possible, making their own choices themselves.
“It is lovely to know you have been recognised and people are so grateful for the years you have dedicated, but to me it just feels like I’ve done my job, and everyone else who works for FitzRoy is just doing the same thing I’m doing.”
Service manager Karen said: “Debbie is a fountain of knowledge and a pillar of strength at Donec Mews, having worked here for five decades she has so much insight and understanding that you wouldn’t be able to find in anyone else.
“I have worked with Debbie for 20 years, and I know that for both our staff and the people we support she brings a sense of calm, she keeps her head down and gets on with the job at hand but is always there if you need to talk.
“Debbie has adjusted to so much change during her career. When she began, her job was to keep the front step clean and to wash the children’s faces, there was no such thing as care plans. She’s adapted throughout the years, and the people we support have grown and changed with her, it’d wonderful to see.
“Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough after Debbie has dedicated 50 years of her life to FitzRoy. But we do want to say thank you Debbie, your hard work has been recognised and our team wouldn’t be the same without you.”