Dennis homes in on deserved award


A RASEN resident is celebrating after receiving a meritorious service award.

Dennis Cotton has lived at The Poplars Care Home in the town’s Chapman Street for the past 13 years and has become the first resident in any of the St John Trust Care Homes to be honoured in this way.

The Chairman’s Commendation for Meritorious Service is usually only made to members of staff, but home manager Jacqui Luke felt Dennis deserved the commendation, so, although it was a little unusual, she put him forward.

“Dennis is a great ambassador for the home, she said.

“From a management point of view, Dennis’s input is invaluable.

“He regularly helps both staff and residents, and is always promoting the home, telling people what a wonderful place this is and how happy he is to live here.”

Dennis, 78, moved in to The Poplars in the spring of 1998 and since then has been involved in all aspects of the home.

Every morning he goes into town to collect the papers and the shopping any of the residents need.

When it comes to mealtimes, Dennis is always there to set out the tables and can always be relied on to help new residents to settle in.

But it is helping to maintain the home’s gardens and growing vegetables for the kitchen that give Dennis his greatest pleasure.

“I enjoy being out in the fresh air – always have,” he said.

“I couldn’t believe it when I was given this award – I feel quite honoured.”

And activities co-ordinator Sheila Pickering was also pleased Dennis had been recognised for all he does.

“He helps in so many ways,” she said. “He never complains, he just gets on with it.”

Dennis will be manning his usual stall again at the Christmas fair and coffee morning at The Poplars next Wednesday, December 7, from 10am to noon.