Workers and volunteers from the health, social care and voluntary sectors were presented with Caring for Carers Awards and certificates at a Carers Week Presentation Ceremony on Monday 10th June at the Stadium of Light.
The awards, which were sponsored by The Co-operative Membership, represent an important part of Sunderland’s Carers Week celebrations (10 – 16 June).
The aim of the awards was to give unpaid carers who look after ill or disabled family members or friends the opportunity to nominate and thank workers who have supported them in their caring roles and made a real difference to their lives.
The awards were presented by Neil Revely, Director of Health, Housing and Adult Services, at Sunderland City Council.
This year the award winners were:
Gill Hepple, Day Care Manager, at St. Martha’s Ltd.
Gill was nominated by June Morris who cares for her mother.
In her nomination June said “Gill is a happy, bright, shining star. She is my lifeline in an emergency. Mum is happy and content in her care. She shows great concern for mum’s physical and social well being, giving me peace of mind. She is more than aware that a happy mum means happy me.”
Ann Schorah, Manager of The Old Vicarage Care Home
Ann was nominated by Sandra Barber who cares for her mother and father.
In her nomination Sandra said “Ann is an angel and deserves wings not just an award. She has been an unseen hero for years. She puts everyone else before her and goes out of her way for everyone, not just residents but the family too.”
A team of Personal Assistants – Sandra Gunn, Sandra Hardy, Rebecca Ibinson, Diane Simpson and Lesley Tansey
The team were nominated by Dee Eynon and provide support to Dee’s son.
Dee said “Over the years these women have provided more support to our family than anyone else. It is only because we know my son is with this group of exceptional women that the rest of the family can relax and enjoy some “normal” time together.”
An additional 20 workers/teams from a variety of agencies were nominated by carers and in recognition of their achievements each were presented with a certificate at the Presentation Ceremony.
Pictured above (from left to right): Sandra Hardy, Sandra Gunn, Lesley Tansey, Diane Simpson, Neil Revely (Director of Health, Housing and Adult Services, Sunderland City Council), Ann Schorah, Graham Burt (Chief Executive Officer, Sunderland Carers' Centre) and Gill Hepple.