Jacob Orr, who volunteers at Comber Care Home won ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the Four Seasons Care Awards for showing his commitment to giving his time to help others.
The award Jacob won commended him for the positive impact he’s had on the lives of the residents in Comber.
Following over 1,000 nominations, Jacob was shortlisted with five other people who give their time to Four Seasons Care Homes across the UK.
Cate Lawson, Marketing Manger for Four Seasons Health Care, who presented Jacob with this award said: “All our volunteers give up their time to enhance residents’ lives, and support the teams in the homes they work in, and it was incredibly difficult to choose a winner. Jacob demonstrated such an incredible positivity and commitment to the role, having been doing it since 2012. He has formed many strong and lasting relationships with the team and the residents, and has made a huge impact. Congratulations Jacob!”
Anne Robertson, Home Manager at Comber Care Home, said: “Jacob came to work in Comber as a long term volunteer from Mencap in 2012. He works in the kitchen on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Jacob is a lovely young man, hardworking and an asset to the kitchen team. As well as being punctual, and having a fantastic attendance record, Jacob makes a real difference to the home. He has a sunny smile, and knows the residents by name. He chats away to the residents as he goes about his tasks in the building. He takes great pride in his work, particularly setting the tables nicely for the residents, and ensuring that the dishes are squeaky clean. Jacob is an excellent ambassador of Comber Care Home, and greets visitors with a cheery "hello". I feel that we are very fortunate to have Jacob as a volunteer, and he deserves recognition as a thoughtful and considerate young man who is very loyal to the home.”
On receiving the award, Jacob said: “I was over the moon when I found out I was nominated. It means so much to me. It means I must be doing something right. I am completely shocked and humbled to have won. I feel no different to anyone else, not special in any way, but I am privileged to be highly thought of by my second family at Comber.”