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 9th June at the Stadium of Light.
The awards, which were sponsored by Aztec Colour Print, launched the Carers Week 2014 celebrations in Sunderland (9 - 15 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 the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron and Mayoress, Mrs Juliana Heron.
This year the award winners were:
Lynn Beston, Senior Nurse, from Marie Curie Cancer Care
Lynn was nominated by Denise McGuinness who cares for her mother.
In her nomination Denise said “I cannot thank Lynn enough. She deserves recognition and praise. All the meetings and calls she has made have helped me so much. I will never forget her and her outstanding contribution to help me and mam. ”
Nicola Finlay, Health Visitor, from South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola was nominated by Kathryn Walker who cares for her son and daughter.
Kathryn said “Nicola has been very supportive to myself, my daughter and the whole family, above and beyond her job description. She has built a huge reputation of trust amongst the whole family. Having Nicola around has made me a better, happier and healthier carer.”
Suzanne Gray, Community Care Support Worker, from Mears Care Agency
Suzanne was nominated by William Sheriff who cares for his mother.
William said “In the last two to three years Suzanne has supported me in various problems that have arisen with my mam… and continues to support me in a very positive way in any way she can. Suzanne deserves an award. She’s doing what she loves, caring not just for her clients but also for their families.”
An additional 29 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.
Graham Burt, Chief Executive Officer of Sunderland Carers’ Centre said “Caring for someone can often be very difficult and demanding and can sometimes have an impact on a carer’s own health and well-being. In order for carers to be able to continue caring it is vital that carers receive appropriate support from agencies to help them in their caring role.
In our work supporting carers we often hear what has gone wrong for carers and the good work is regularly overlooked. The Caring for Carers Awards nominations demonstrate that in many cases workers and volunteers in Sunderland go above and beyond their roles and duties to help and support carers. The Awards also show how much carers really appreciate and value this help.”
Pictured above (from left to right): Nicola Finlay, Mayoress Mrs Juliana Heron, Mayor Cllr Robert Heron, Lynn Beston and Suzanne Gray.