On Wednesday 20 September we held our annual awards ceremony at Exeter Racecourse. For the first time since the pandemic, we could meet with staff in person and congratulate them on their brilliant achievements.
Our awards are a key date in our calendar and are a time for us to reflect on the innovative and inspirational work being undertaken by individuals and teams across our organisation. We received hundreds of nominations in our seven award categories. Each one made the judges extremely proud and made it difficult for them to narrow down to our finalists.
The event was one of joy and celebration. As guests arrived, they were greeted by Djembe drummers from Devon Recovery Learning Community. Once everyone was seated, Andy Willis our Chairman welcomed everyone, handing over to Melanie Walker, our Chief Executive, who, as Master of Cermonies, talked a little about each award category before inviting the sponsor for each award up on stage.
Melanie Walker, Chief Executive (pictured above)
Before the first award, Melanie introduced Spork! part of our entertainment for the day. Spork! a spoken word poetry group were at the event to perform and create on the spot poems about our finalists and to capture the essence of our awards. Read the fantastic, heartwarming and funny poems Chris and Harula composed on the Pride of DPT poems page.