Caring is in her nature
Words: Bekah Anstey
Images: The Green Care Home
From knitting to nattering, puzzles to painting and dancing to dining, Dianne has the entertainment covered at The Green Care Home, introducing this month’s S41 Local Hero – Dianne Wildin!
All our S41 Local Heroes are deserving of the title’ S41 Local Hero’, we go the extra mile to ensure that we reach those that make a positive impact on our community. This month’s local hero has been on my radar for many months, I have seen first-hand the passion she has for the residents of The Green Care Home in Hasland. I was delighted to receive a nomination from a family member of one of Dianne’s residents. If you’ve seen our past Local Hero Facebook videos you will see that I am a bit of a softy, and often get teary eyed when I am surprising our heroes. This one was no exception, I made it through reading the nomination to Dianne... only just… Here is what Liz who nominated Dianne had to say about our local hero –
I would like to nominate Dianne Wildin of The Green Care Home in Hasland for the S41 local hero award. Since my Dad became a resident at the care home Dianne has really made his time there fabulous. She has brought out his personality and helped him enjoy quality time there involving him in all the activities including joining in with the ladies at the knitting club! She sent us photos and videos of him enjoying himself and treated him like her own. Sadly, Dad passed away today and right up to this time (and I’m sure beyond) Dianne has been an amazing support to me and my sister. I cannot praise the beautiful selfless person enough, such compassion for everyone she cares for – please tell her how special she is as I don’t think she realises what a blessing she is.
Dianne is clearly a passionate and devoted lady, we asked her why she chose caring for elderly as her profession.
I decided to work in care because I need to feel that I’ve made a difference to someone in any way I can. To enhance their quality of life and because I am naturally drawn towards elderly people as they are so fascinating, knowledgeable and you learn so much from them.
As well all the amazing work she does with the older generation, Dianne is a dedicated fundraiser. She undertook and completed a 10k run for Cancer Research and completed a Pretty Mudder, let me assure you, there is nothing pretty about an obstacle course in the mud, it’s hard work!
Dianne is an inspiration to many including me! I love to see her Facebook posts of all the fantastic selfless work she does with her residents from painting, trips out, crafting and all the fundraising events she is involved with. If only we could all be a little more like Dianne!
All that is left to say is a huge thank you Dianne for all your hard work and support within the community. The residents and families are so very grateful for making an emotional journey a happy one. Thank you!