Annie Sinnott – Care sector pays tribute to ‘passionate’ and ‘inspiring’ care personality

On 17 April, care personality Annie Sinnott passed away unexpectedly in hospital after decades of providing support, inspiration and encouragement to families, friends and care staff at The Old Vicarage in Leigh, Dorset and across the entire sector. Annie spent 14 years working as a community nurse before opening The Old Vicarage with her husband in 1984 with just one resident and one member of staff. More than 30 years later, the home provides care and accommodation for up to 40 residents and the home has received a host of local and national awards in recognition of quality of care provided. In 2007, Annie was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles for her services to social care, while in 2013, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award at the Great South West Care Awards in recognition of her commitment to the sector. Professor Martin Green of Care England commented: “Annie was a truly remarkable person, who was one of the most caring and inspirational people in the care sector. “I have known Annie for over ten years and she never ceased to strive for improved care and always put her residents and their families at the centre of everything she did. Annie also worked tirelessly to share good practice and she was a true exemplar and ambassador for the entire care system. ‘An ambassador for the care sector’ “The Old Vicarage has won many well deserved awards and accolades over the years and Annie always acknowledged the fantastic work of her colleagues when receiving any praise or recognition. “Annie was a tremendous ambassador for care and...