Fiona Murdoch and Leslay Eccles have been recognised as among the leading care home employees in Scotland.

They will be invited to a prestigious evening awards ceremony celebrating the best of the independent care home sector.

The catering staff at Dalmellington Care Centre have been nominated in the Nutrition & Eating Well category at the Scottish Care Awards 2018.

This award celebrates the provision of a worthwhile mealtime experience within a care home.

The winner will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on 16 November at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. The Awards will be hosted by Michelle McManus, with over 650 people attending.

Fiona and Leslay said: “We are very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards.”

Centre Manager Rae Murphy, who nominated the duo, said: “Over the last five years there has been continual improvement in food choices.

“The staff recently were awarded the Healthy Eating Award. All food is supplied fresh. We have fresh fruit and veg delivered twice a week and home baking seven days a week.

“The staff are also involved with the local community and supply cakes to the over 60s on a Friday where the three local care homes attend and they are a very important part of not only the care home but the local community.”

The awards have been hailed a huge success in recognising individuals, teams and companies, who are delivering care at an incredibly high standard in an era of challenging budgets and within an increasingly demanding work environment.

The care awards will follow a full day conference with speakers including the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport - and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley MSP - Jeane Freeman.