‘Care home is one of the best in the country’

The William Wilberforce Care Home,  West Green, Pocklington. -  Pinders Healthcare Design Awards - Finalists -  Matthew Groom of Brierley Groom Architects York, Graham Scott of sponsors Lloyds TSB, Megan Kennedy and Bernard Kennedy, Directors and Paul Ingle, Judge.
The William Wilberforce Care Home, West Green, Pocklington. - Pinders Healthcare Design Awards - Finalists - Matthew Groom of Brierley Groom Architects York, Graham Scott of sponsors Lloyds TSB, Megan Kennedy and Bernard Kennedy, Directors and Paul Ingle, Judge.

A Pocklington care home is in the running to win the prestigious honour of becoming the nation’s top care home.

Often compared to ‘an elegant hotel’, the William Wilberforce, at West Green, has beaten competition from across the country to become a finalist in the ‘best care home’ category in this year’s Pinder Healthcare Design Awards.

The awards, which aim to promote and recognise the very best developments in all types of care-related property across the nation, are judged by a panel of independent experts including architects, valuers and care operators.

William Wilberfordce director Bernard Kennedy said staff were “most flattered” to have been recognised. He said: “The greatest compliment we receive is that our residents say that they don’t feel they are living in a care home.”

The entries are judged initially on entry forms and supporting documentation, before shortlisted homes are visited by judges. And for reaching the final judges have already presented staff with a £500 cheque for a nominated charity. An awards spokesperson said: “The overriding test for any project has to be the degree to which it has recognised the needs and desires of the residents and incorporated these into the final design.”

The William Wilberforce was purpose built in 2013 in collaboration with award-winning architects Brierley Groom, of York.

Director of care at the home Meg Kennedy said: “We regularly find that when people walk through the door they can’t quite believe it’s a care home, and compliment us for being like an elegant hotel.”

The charity chosen to receive the £500 is Educaid which provides free eductaion to orphaned and vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Lancaster Gate Hotel in London on the 25 March.