Pharmacist Support was honoured to be chosen once again as the nominated charity for the ninth annual Chemist and Druggist Awards and to be invited on stage to present The Medicines Optimisation Award. On the 15th June 2016, the team joined 550 guests at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport for a special ceremony honouring 91 finalists, competing for 12 awards in categories covering Business Initiative of the Year, Independent Pharmacy of the Year, Clinical Service of the Year and Public Health Initiative of the Year.
“C+D was proud to partner with Pharmacist Support for its second awards in a row” commented C+D Editor James Waldron. “At this challenging time for the sector, the vital work the charity does has never been more important and we are grateful to everyone who donated on the night.”
Over £720 was raised from text and cash donations with text donors entered into a prize draw for a free nights accommodation at the Resort. Speaking of the event, Marketing Manager Kate Westbrook said “We were delighted at the response we received from attendees, whose generosity will help us support the hundreds of individuals who contact the charity every year facing difficult challenges. No one can predict what tomorrow may bring – a bereavement, a terminal illness or a relationship breakdown – but what we do know is that with the support of those in the profession, our free and confidential services will be available to those who need it long into the future.”
Winners on the night included Whitworth Chemists’, Weldricks, Mayberry Pharmacy Group, Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire, Community Pharmacy Sheffield and Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol. The big winner on the evening was Olutayo Arikawe of Priory Pharmacy in Dudley who took home two awards for Community Pharmacist of the Year and Manager of the Year, impressing the judges with her ability to turn the struggling business around over three years, as well as leading her team to run health promotions in locations as varied as libraries, colleges, pubs and supermarkets.