Surrey care home group shortlisted for prestigious awards for its response to COVID

15 Sep, 2021

A family-owned Surrey care group is celebrating after being shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious LaingBuisson Awards 2021.


The first shortlisting sees CHD Living, which supports over 800 people across Surrey and South London, as a finalist in the category Outstanding Response to COVID in Social Care for its Adopt a Grandparent programme, which went viral during the pandemic. 


Additionally, CHD Living’s Head of Hospitality and Communications and Founder of Adopt a Grandparent, Shaleeza Hasham, has been recognised for her valuable contribution to the care industry with her shortlisting in the category of Rising Star


Launched during the lockdown, Adopt a Grandparent aimed to pair isolated care residents suffering from loneliness with volunteers from across the globe for regular video calls. Providing the opportunity for participants to create positive connections during isolation when people needed them most, the programme proved immensely popular, garnering the support of over 83,000 volunteers, including Hollywood celebrities. 


Given its overwhelming success, Adopt a Grandparent is being turned into a charity and is looking to partner with other care home providers to end loneliness for good.


Since joining the family business over ten years ago, Shaleeza has overseen the strategic business development and growth of all CHD Livings services whilst rebranding the organisation. She has devoted much of her time to implement new technologies and systems across the business. This has included introducing electronic care planning, which has helped to revolutionise its core offerings by improving staff efficiency and care delivery. Furthermore, Shaleeza founded the Adopt a Grandparent programme and regularly features on national and international news outlets to discuss issues impacting the health and aged social care sectors.


With a record-breaking number of nominations for every category and over 490 entries in total, the shortlisting is a proud achievement for the care home group following a difficult time for the entire sector. 


Speaking of the nominations, Shaleeza said, "The LaingBuisson Awards celebrate businesses that set new standards of excellence within their industries so it's incredibly flattering to be shortlisted. We're particularly proud that our Adopt a Grandparent programme, which we are so passionate about, has been recognised for its bringing people together during the pandemic. We'd like to thank LaingBuisson for its consideration and we look forward to hearing the results later this year." 


Winners will be announced at the LaingBuisson Awards 2021 presentation evening, which will take place on Thursday 18th November 2021 at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. 


For more information about CHD Living, please visit    

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