A porter who has worked for 30 years at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been crowned the ‘Pride of Walton’.
The accolade was the climax of the ‘Walton Oscars’ – the specialist hospital’s annual staff awards event.
Albert, 68, won the Lifetime Achievement category and was then voted overall winner from all eight category winners, earning the title ‘Pride of Walton’.
He said: “I can’t believe it; people here save lives and I am only a humble porter so I really can’t believe it – but I am so made up, it’s amazing.”
Albert, who lives across the road from the hospital, has been working in The Walton Centre for more than 30 years and previously worked in the catering and security departments.
His manager, Jonathan Scott of ISS said: “Albert loves his job and is always smiling and happy; he sings to patients as he takes them to theatre - he has a warm and friendly charisma and charms patients and staff alike.
“His attendance record is 100 per cent; he is never late and he is a gentleman through and through.”
Other award winners were: Overall monthly award winner, Olagoke Awoyele; Individual Making a Difference, Tricia Anderton; Rising Star, Sinead Savory; Volunteer of the Year, Pain Management Programme Volunteers; Excellence in Support Services, PMP and Neuropsychology admin team; Excellence in Service Improvement, Neuro Myelitis Optica team; Making a Difference Team, joint winners – Critical Care nurses and Bed Management Team.
Prizes for the ‘best Oscar-dressed’ guests went to Dave Pilsbury and Emma Sutton – who were presented with life-size cardboard cutouts of Daniel Craig and Angeline Jolie, by sponsors Hill Dickinson and Kier.
The Walton Oscars event was held at Aintree Racecourse and attended by 220 guests, with sponsorship from Hill Dickinson and Kier.