Care home staff from across the county have been recognised for their excellent work and commitment at an awards ceremony.

The Orders of St John Care Trust held its Wiltshire Staff Awards at Melksham Assembly Hall, when seven staff from the trust’s 19 Wiltshire homes received awards.

They included Rebecca Hindle, from Brookside, in Melksham, who won the Young Carer of the Year Award for her caring and compassionate nature, which is appreciated by all the residents in the home.

Judges were unable to decide on a single recipient for the Unsung Hero Award, so Lynn Scott-Reid from St Wilfred’s Priory in Arundel and Steve Tucker from Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster both received the award.

The Hospitality Award was presented to Cheryl Bligdon, of Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster, for her cheerful and friendly manner, and support during the run-up to the move of residents and staff from Woodmead to their new home at Ashwood.

Jacqueline Litwin, of Watersmead in Westbury, was presented with a long service award for 35 years with the trust and Rachel Moore, of Hungerford House in Corsham, was given her 25-year award.

Operations director Dan Hayes said: “The jobs of our staff are undoubtedly among the most demanding in our communities, and therefore the commitment to their work and training is truly worthy of our gratitude.”