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Woodstock Care Worker Naomi Daglish Wins the National Care Awards

12 June 2023

Naomi was so shocked at winning a national award that she couldn’t even remember meeting Peter Andre, a 50-year-old Australian singer famous for mid-1990s hits including Flava and Mysterious Girl, at the ceremony.

Peter was a special guest at the awards and congratulated Ms Daglish on the win, but she said it was “all a blur”.

She said: “I was in a state of shock, I never thought this was something I would win.

“To be nominated was such an honour, to sit in the room with so many inspirational people in the care industry was incredible, but to win was unbelievable.

“When they read my name, I looked at my manager and just screamed.

“After that, it’s all just a blur, I cannot even remember hugging Peter Andre or even being on stage.

“It is a surprise I didn’t drop the trophy or fall off the stage because I was shaking so much.”

Ms Daglish, 37, was named winner ahead of 10 other nominees from across the UK.

It followed her being named the best in the East of England last November – a title she won for the first time following four nominations between 2019 to 2022.

The judges said: “Naomi wowed the judges with her amazing passion and forward thinking towards her residents and the home, she has outstanding commitment, drive, and passion, and is a worthy winner of the award.”

Ms Daglish has been working in the care home for eight years, and has been in her award-winning role for the last five.

She said it had been a career that had called to her. Because her father was in his 60s when she was born, she said she had always had a “connection” with the older generation.

This article also appeared in Dereham Times.