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National Carers Awards 2016
Six devoted and selfless carers across the UK have won national awards run by LloydsPharmacy in partnership with Carers UK. This is the third year running that LloydsPharmacy has sponsored the awards.
We asked you to nominate someone you felt should win a National Carers Award. Following nominations from family members and close friends their moving stories were picked from hundreds of nominees. The winners were chosen by a panel of five judges, including Baroness Jill Pitkeathley OBE, Vice President of Carers UK and Rachel Carr from the Department Of Health.
The winners were announced at the gala awards dinner held at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair London on 26th May. Guests were entertained by the NHS Choir and comedian Lucy Porter, and the awards were presented by ITV News reader, Charlene White.
Heléna Herklots chief executive of Carers UK said: ''Caring will touch each and every one of us at some point in our lives, whether we begin caring for a loved one or whether we need care ourselves.
''The realities of caring for a loved one can be challenging. We hear every day from carers who are facing emotional, physical and financial difficulties as a result of their caring role; but we also hear about how rewarding caring for a family member or friend can be.
''These awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the unseen support that carers up and down the country provide. Every nomination showcased the huge reserves of strength, commitment and, above all, love that carers possess. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to this year's award winners.''
Stephanie Nimmo has won a National Carer Award for singlehandedly caring for her four children, two with autistic spectrum disorder and a daughter with a rare life limiting condition, Costello Syndrome. Stephanie also provided care for her late husband, who passed away at age 52, in December last year following a diagnosis of advanced colorectal cancer.
Stephanie completed her fourth marathon last month to help raise funds for her local hospices and runs a blog which unites families of children with disabilities and special needs, sharing experiences and support. You can find Stephanie's blog at www.wasthisintheplan.co.uk
Rosemary Dungey, 77, won a National Carer Award for caring for her daughter and granddaughter, who both have severe disabilities. Rosemary cleans and cooks for them both every day, as well as providing emotional support and laughter.
Rosemary was nominated by her daughter, Pamela Dungey. Rosemary commented ‘’I didn’t believe it; I had no idea I had been nominated and when I realised, I was absolutely numb. I’m just an ordinary person so it was very difficult to believe. I know you can’t award everyone but the Carers Awards are a fantastic way of highlighting to others the great work that all carers do. To go to 10 Downing Street was wonderful. It was a real highlight and felt like such an achievement.”
Paul Bates, 39, gave up work to care for his wife and son, who was born with a complex health condition. In addition to the intensive support he gives to his family, Paul does the household chores, cooking, taking his wife and son to their medical appointments and helping his son to feed through his feeding tube.
Paul was nominated by his wife, Helen Bates, 35. Helen said “He is our rock; he does all this and sacrificed everything, his career, his life outside our home, to be here for us and do this day in and day out. He deserves to be told that he’s amazing.”
Georgia Setchell, 12, from Colchester, provides care, emotional support and companionship to her mother, who was diagnosed with a total gastroparesis, a chronic and longterm condition affecting the stomach. When Georgia was only 10 years old, her mum had to spend 6 months in hospital and whilst she was away, Georgia took on the responsibility to cook, clean and organise the family.
Georgia was nominated by young carers and support development worker, Anna Clarke. Georgia is the youngest of six winners of the LloydsPharmacy National Carers Awards 2016.
Palwinder Bhamra, from Maidenhead, provides 24/7 care to his elderly mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He cooks and cleans her and also offer companionship, often taking her shopping and to feed the ducks.Palwinder was nominated by his daughter, Narpal Bhamra, 21, who joined him at the ceremony.
Palwinder commented: “When I was told that I had won a National Carers Award, I was flabbergasted and absolutely chuffed, as it came as a complete surprise! I have to say that it’s an honour to receive this award. I’m sure there are people who do more than me; I just look after my Mum who has dementia.’’
LloydsPharmacy Caring Colleague of the Year
Charlotte Purcell, local surrey pharmacist, has won the Nation Caring Colleague of the year award, for rushing to the aid of a local man after the engine in his plane cut out and he crashed.Charlotte was nominated for staying with the pilot for six hours, until the emergency services could reach him and take him to hospital.
Despite some serious injuries, including six broken bones in his spine, the pilot has made a good recovery and says he owes his life to Charlotte.
All six winners were incredibly pleased with the award and the prize; They visited the Houses of Commons and met with the Rt. Hon Alistair Burt MP Minister of State for Community and Social Care ahead of the awards gala. Winners also received a trophy and £1,000 in high street vouchers plus a onenight stay at a luxury hotel in London and train travel for them and a guest.