Ian Sinnott’s passing is a double blow
The care sector in Dorset has been dealt a double blow this year.
Just weeks after being recognised by CQC as Outstanding, The Old Vicarage lost its charismatic leader when Annie Sinnott died in April, and earlier this week her husband also died suddenly at home.
They were a formidable team. Annie drove forward the quality care agenda whilst Ian worked quietly in the background planning the future and securing the funds for the development of the home whilst still finding time to run his own businesses which included importing wine.
Under their stewardship the Old Vicarage grew from one resident in 1985 to the 40-bed home it is today. The local community in Leigh near Sherborne has also benefited from the Sinnotts’ contribution to village life with barbecues, fetes, wine tastings and many other events which they have hosted in their gardens.
The couple’s passionate belief in staff development has borne fruit, as members of the current management team have all moved up through the ranks to their current positions and are continuing the Sinnott philosophy today. Annie and Ian regularly nominated their staff for regional and national awards which has resulted in more than 35 winners over the last few years. The local community and wider care sector will certainly feel the loss of this amazing couple, who brought so much to so many, with their compassion, commitment, enthusiasm and sparkle.