Caring gene which runs in the family

Christine Mitchell and Samantha Harrison.
Christine Mitchell and Samantha Harrison.
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A MOTHER and daughter team are celebrating after both made it through to the finals of a national care award.

Christine Mitchell and Samantha Harrison – from Oakville Park Nursing Home based on Duchy Road and sister company Continued Care based on Hornbeam Park respectively – are the first mum and daughter to have been nominated in different categories at the Great British Care Awards.

Mrs Mitchell, who owns and manages Oakville Park Nursing Home in Harrogate, has been nominated for an Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award.

Her daughter, Samantha, has been shortlisted for the Care Innovator Award in recognition of her pioneering approach to direct care service provision.

Mrs Mitchell said: “We’re absolutely delighted to get through to the finals and it’s fantastic that we have both got a place.

“Luckily we aren’t in the same category as I wouldn’t fancy my chances against Samantha!

“We’ll be rooting for each other and it would be lovely if we both came away with the honours.”

Final judging for the awards takes place over the next few weeks with the winners announced at special gala dinners in London in May and June.

Mrs Mitchell started her business in 1985 after moving to Harrogate to take over at Oakville Park on the town’s Duchy Road.

Following the introduction of the Community Care Act in 1990, she then launched Continued Care from Oakville Ltd, providing home care and – more recently – direct services within the local community, with new offices also set to open in Settle in North Yorkshire.

Samantha runs Continued Care from Oakville and it is her approach to the direct services role which won her a place in the final.

She was responsible for implementing an innovative brokerage service, giving their clients more independence, choice, control and many other options to support them in their own home.

The services include personal assistants attending everything from weddings, concerts and cat shows to flying lessons and holidays.

Winners will be announced on June 11.

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