Two Stevenage women have been presented with national awards for their work to support people who suffer with acute mental health needs.

Mia Ali and Becca Bateman received the honour at Cygnet Health Care's inaugural staff achievement awards at Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.

The duo both work at Cygnet Hospital Stevenage in Graveley Road, and were presented with the The Care (Joy in Work) award.


This recognises a team or individual who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to making Cygnet a great place to work.

The two staff support coordinators were handed their awards by BBC Presenter JJ Chalmers, who was a guest of honour at the event.

Upon receiving the award, Mia and Becca said: "We are so happy to win this award, it means a lot to us.

"We love working together, we always have each other’s back and it is brilliant to be recognised for the difference we make in the workplace.

The Comet: Mia Ali holding her award, in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.Mia Ali holding her award, in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens. (Image: Cygnet Health Care)

“It is easy to bring joy to work when you feel it yourself. We are very lucky to do the job we do and it is a privilege to support others.”

Director of nursing, David Wilmott spoke of the duo's impact on the Cygnet workforce.

He added: "Mia and Becca go above and beyond to improve staff health and wellbeing and creates a work environment that is tailored to staff needs.

"They champion Cygnet as a great place to work, and encourage others to do the same.

“With Mia and Becca, no two days are the same yet their one constant drive is to make sure staff are shown care and kindness.

"Everything from staff awareness and inclusion days, to ward parties and little breakfast boxes just to say thank you at the end of a tough week.

“They have helped with staff retention because they make every individual feel valued. Notably they set up a project to make sure the views of night staff could be heard and have been brilliant at making our international nurses feel welcome.”