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Celebrating our community’s contributions to healthcare

Local people came together last night to celebrate how they have helped people to live well in mid Essex, at the first Marvels of Mid Awards (or MOMAs). Hosted by Mid Essex CCG, the ceremony was designed to thank patient volunteers and representatives, primary care workers and community organisations for the positive difference they have made to local healthcare. 

The MOMAs followed the CCG’s Annual General Meeting at Chelmsford City Football Club on the evening of Thursday 29 September. More than 70 people came to see the awards presentations across six categories. The winners were:

Best Primary Care Award
Winner - Day Lewis Pharmacy Chelmsford
Highly Commende
d - Whitley House Surgery Reception Team

Volunteer of the Year
Winner - Les Lodge
High Commended - Sue Witney and Tina Montgomery

Celebrating Diversity Award
Winner - City of Chelmsford Mencap
Highly Commended - South Woodham Ferrers Health Visitors & Community First Responders

Patient Participation Group of the Year Award
Winner - Longfield Medical Centre Patient Reference Group

Individual Patient Participant of the Year
Winner - Dianne Collins of Writtle Surgery PPG
Highly Commended - David Wheatland of Whitley House PPG

The Mid Essex Live Well Award
Winner - Julie Taylor of The Café at St Peter’s Hospital
Highly Commended - Great Notley Park Run and Maldon Park Run

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, said: “Congratulations to our winners and highly commended finalists, but also to everyone who was nominated.

“We called our first community awards the Marvels of Mid because we know so much marvellous work goes on around healthcare in this area. We wanted to recognise the efforts and achievements people put into helping our population to live well, often without thought of thanks or reward. With so many worthy nominations, I know the judging panel had a hard time choosing the winners.

“These awards were our opportunity to express our gratitude and we had a wonderful evening doing so. I hope everyone who came to join us for the celebration did too.”

Representatives from Healthwatch Essex and the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (Chelmsford CVS) joined CCG Board members to carry out the shortlisting and decide the winners. Mid Essex CCG is grateful to them for their time.