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Rotherham Community Matron Is A Health Hero

13 Oct 2021 09:23:17
Cerise Stubbings - Daily Mail Health Hero

Associate Community Matron for the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Cerise Stubbings, is over the moon to have been nominated as a Daily Mail Health Hero! 

Cerise found out recently that she has been shortlisted to the final seven, thanks to a joint nomination from two families who she has worked extensively with over the last couple of years.

The Health Hero of the Year is an annual campaign in partnership with sponsors eBay, created eight years ago to highlight and celebrate the NHS special people who work tirelessly for their patients. In July 2020 the nationwide search for healthcare workers, on the frontline or behind the scenes, who make a difference and who deserve to be recognised, was launched by the Prime Minister in the Daily Mail and Mail Online. Nominations poured in from every corner of the land.

The award ceremony, which was put on hold during the heaviest of the Covid restrictions, is due to take place on Wednesday 20 October. Cerise, and the rest of the finalists, will enjoy an all-expenses paid overnight stay in a 5-star hotel in London. This will be Cerise’s first ever trip to London and she’s certainly doing it in style – taking a trip to Downing Street to receive her crystal award trophy from the Prime Minister, followed by dinner at the Gordon Ramsay private dining room in Mayfair, where the finalists and their guests will be entertained by comedy after dinner speaker, Dr Phil Hammond.

Cerise, who says this is “one of the biggest achievements” of her career so far, is stepping out of her comfort zone for this event, even sitting through a professional photoshoot with the Daily Mail.

Cerise said: “I’m completely overwhelmed, it’s such an honour to have even been nominated, never mind making it to the final seven! I get emotional when I think about it and I’m very grateful to the families who nominated me. 

I feel like this nomination is really for the whole team as I couldn’t do my job without the support of my wonderful colleagues. I love my job and, in my head, I’m already a winner. I’m really excited to get down to London but I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing!”

Cerise’s manager, Community Neurological Matron, Joanne Roberts said: “The Neuro team are so pleased that our valued colleague, Cerise, is to receive such well-deserved and prestigious recognition. To reach the final seven in this nationwide award is an amazing achievement and testament to her commitment to patients and families.”

Although Cerise hasn’t seen her nomination, she is in contact with the families, with one of them still under her care. Speaking of her patient, Cerise says: “He’s not able to speak but gets so excited whenever we are discussing the awards, he has tears in his eyes, which just means the world to me.”

Michael Wright, Deputy Chief Executive at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is always wonderful to see our colleagues recognised for their outstanding work. To make the final seven is a real credit to Cerise’s dedication to her patients and we are very proud to see her acknowledged in this way.” 

Cerise is now in the running to win a luxury holiday up the value of £5000.

Good luck, Cerise!