Support Worker 'All Shook Up' by national awards nomination

November 2020

Tony Beard, who is also an Elvis tribute act, has been shortlisted for two prestigious care awards.

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Tony, team leader at Devonshire Road Supported Housing, is in the running for the Care Champion Award at the National Care Award and a Social Care Covid Hero Great British Care Award.

Tony is being recognised for his musical contributions, which he has provided to care home tenants and staff during the pandemic.

Donning his full Elvis gear and singing live over the internet, Tony has been raising community morale, and has made the Independent newspaper's annual 'Happy List'.

The 'Happy List' is published as an antidote to the Sunday Times' Rich List. It celebrates people for their contribution to society rather than their material wealth.

Tony, whose favourite Elvis song is 'If I Can Dream', said: "I'm pretty overwhelmed to be nominated and to have made the shortlist for two awards is just amazing. I try to make people happy and make a difference every day."

Tony joined Devonshire Road supported housing in April 2019, and became team leader last October. The service helps 13 adults, who are living with mental health conditions, to live independently. Before turning his hand to social care, Tony was in hospitality, working as a senior service manager at Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool, Merseyside.

As 'Tony Elvis', he has performed in pubs, care homes, social clubs and competitions around the country since 2012, finally becoming a professional tribute act three years ago.

Kim Smith, Regional Head of Operations, said: "When Tony isn't shaking things up, he has been encouraging residents to use the outside space for activities. He has the compassion and dedication to pull everyone together to get through these challenging times. Tony's nominations are well deserved."

Tony will find out the results in 2021. Good luck!

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