Dementia Care

A CARE assistant from Woking has won a Heart of Gold Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to provide high-quality care and compassion.

Denu Lakornchai beat 27 other nominees for the prize at Claremont Court Care Home in Guildford. All nominees received a Heart of Gold lapel pin.

Claremont Court manager Karen Byres with Denu Lakornchai

Denu who has worked at Claremont Court for more than three years was presented with a Tiffany necklace as a reward by Alnur Dhanani, the chairman, and Nicola Coveney, the managing director of Carebase, the company that owns Claremont Court.

Nominations for the award came from residents and their relatives, co-workers, social workers and local health professionals. Denu was then chosen from the list of nominations by a panel of previous Heart of Gold award winners from all the other homes in the Carebase group.

Denu said: “I am surprised but delighted to have won this award. This is my first job in the UK and I am so thankful to the whole team for helping and supporting me every day so that we can care well for  our  residents, who are our family.”

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A STUDENT is raising funds for a Woking dementia care service that provided “amazing care” for her grandad at the end of his life.

Grace Williams, 20, is staging a coffee morning and silent auction at The Bradbury Centre in Maybury.

SPECIAL GRANDAD: Grace Williams with grandfather George Gray

She was moved by the love and kindness the centre’s day care staff showed her grandfather, George Gray.

George, who lived in Woking, was one of the UK’s most successful businessmen as the founding chief executive of major services company Serco. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2013.

Grace said she hoped as many local people as possible would come and support her fundraising event on Thursday 2 March.

“My grandpa was such a happy, smart, inspiring and humble man, and not just in my eyes, but to so many people who were fortunate enough to know him,” said Grace, who also comes from Woking

“I want to do something to give back to the team at The Bradbury Centre. I also want more people to know about it, as this service is so precious.”

“Even in the later stages of the illness, where Grandpa was non-verbal and largely unresponsive, the staff managed to get him to join in some of the activities like arts and crafts and the Tovertafel Table projector, which we call the ‘magic table’.

“Everyone would show him such tenderness and kindness.”

Grace, who is studying psychology at the University of Bristol, was so inspired by the day care service that she volunteers there during the holidays.

The silent auction will include a large collection of items to bid for, including a bungee jump experience, beer tasting and a brewery tour, paintballing and gift vouchers for Nando’s and burger restaurant GBK.

Grace at the seaside with George when she was a child

Bradbury day care manager Francesca Simpson said she was delighted that Grace wanted to do something for the centre.

“Grace is an inspiring young woman and it’s wonderful that she wants to raise funds for us in memory of George,” she added.

“I know that George would be incredibly proud of Grace, and the rest of her family, and I do hope that lots of the local community come along to support this wonderful event. Everyone is welcome!”

The fundraising coffee morning is at the centre in Smiles Place, off Lavender Road, Maybury, from 11am to 2pm. For more details, visit