176 years of service celebrated at Woodlands, York

Staff and volunteers at Woodlands in York were rewarded for their achievements and long service this week at an evening awards ceremony.

Along with long service awards for 20 members of the team, staff were also rewarded for reaching NVQ Level 3, Complex Care Competencies and Christchurch Group Superstar Awards. In addition, volunteers were also rewarded for their continuing support and commitment – with one racking up over 14 years as a volunteer.

Maureen Whattam, Housekeeper joined in 1995 when Woodlands was a respite centre for those with Multiple Sclerosis. Maureen said, “I was very pleased to receive this award – it was a big surprise! It was a great night – I really enjoyed it. The team I work with are just brilliant.”

Sheena Kidd, Christchurch Group Governance Director, organised the event. Sheena said, “It’s been a real joy to recognise and celebrate the long service and achievements of our staff. The dedication of our longstanding team we celebrated tonight – who have over 176 years of combined service – has helped shape Woodlands into a neurorehabilitation service which provides the very best care to patients with serious brain and spinal conditions and injuries.”

Investing in the training and development of our staff is a priority for Christchurch Group. Woodlands is home to a pioneering Spinal Rehabilitation Unit, where our most complex patients, who are on ventilators, are cared for by experienced staff – six of whom have achieved competencies in complex care. It’s also great to see that four rehabilitation assistants have achieved NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care, giving them the opportunity to progress in their future careers and to demonstrate their skill and professionalism.”

Next year, Woodlands is looking forward to celebrating staff with 25 years of service, as well as many more training and development awards. The awards evening at Woodlands is the first of six annual events across Christchurch Group’s neurorehabilitation centres at Birmingham, Lincoln, Oxford, Northampton and Bedford.

The photograph shows Maureen Whattam, Housekeeper, with Sheena Kid, Group Governance Director.

The full list of awards received:


  • Louise Addison – Rehabilitation Assistant.
  • Vicky Rome – Rehabilitation Assistant.
  • Sarah Clark – Rehabilitation Assistant.
  • Emma Shepherd – Rehabilitation Assistant.

Complex Care Competencies

  • Linda Atkinson
  • Julie Cooper
  • Wendy Johns
  • William McDonald
  • Debbie Scott
  • Corinne Slater

Infection Control Champion Award

  • Debbie Scott

20 year Long Service Award


  • Maureen Whattam


15 Year Long Service Award

  • Yvonne Fordham – (17 years)
  • Lorraine Wilbraham – (17 years)
  • Emma Headland (17 years)
  • Sheila Oxtoby –(16 Years)
  • Sharon Gascoigne

10 Year Long Service Award

  • Susan King (12 years)
  • Louise Addison (12 years)
  • Moira Harrison
  • Debby Myers

5 Year Long Service Award

  • Annette Gabbatiss (7 years)
  • Kiran Mattoru (7 years)
  • Sarah Clark 9 (6 years)
  • Lile Dimitrievska (6 years)

Christchurch Group Superstar Award

  • Sylvia Wilson
  • Nicola Cliff


  • Mike Ridsdale (2007)
  • David Baker (2009)
  • Geoff Walker (2006)
  • Pauline Marler (2001)

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