The Carer’s Award is a special category for the Great British Care Awards, and is given to an unpaid carer or former carer who, in the opinion of the judges, can demonstrate commitment and perseverance in helping to bring about better recognition and support for carers. This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the dedication that carers show to their local community or society.
Carers UK, which supported the Carers Award along with Nutricia, paid tribute to the three finalists and everyone else who was shortlisted.
Chief Executive, Helena Herklots, said:
"My congratulations to Margaret Baker, Sue Colley and Christine Hayden for the incredible work that they all do on behalf of carers in Barnsley in Yorkshire, Maidstone in Kent and Elmbridge in Surrey, whilst also having significant caring responsibilities. What made our task really hard in choosing these winners was the fact that we had inspiring entries about so many carers who have gone above and beyond their daily caring responsibilities which are often already a considerable challenge. The nominees are all doing an incredible amount - setting up or improving services, helping other carers and disabled or chronically ill people find the right information, helping with events, providing a listening ear. What Margaret, Sue and Christine represent is an extraordinary and outstanding commitment.
What is even more incredible is that there are also thousands of carers like them throughout the UK whose work on top of caring often goes unrecognised. That is why Carers UK is delighted to support the Carers Award during what was the biggest ever Carers Week 2012. Last week, 1,800 local partners have got together to hold a staggering 9,000 events with thousands of volunteers like Margaret, Sue and Christine who have also been helping to make a difference. And we know from Carers UK's research just how important this is. 87% of carers suffering ill-health as a result of caring, one in five giving up work to care, many taking years before they found out about their rights and entitlements. Without their commitment and work, carers would be missing out on vital support."
The Great British Care Awards are a series of 9 regional awards which take place around the country in the Autumn of each year. Winners from the regions are invited to attend a national final for either care home or home care which take place in May and June the following year. The 2012 awards have received support from throughout the sector including the Department of Health and are sponsored by h.e.t. Software.
The Carer’s Award itself is supported by Carers UK, a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends. At some point in our lives, every one of us will be involved in looking after an older relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. Six million people in the UK are caring right now, but while caring is part and parcel of life, without the right support the personal costs of caring can be high. The Award is also being supported by Nutricia, specialists in the delivery of advanced medical nutrition for vulnerable or older people.
Notes to Editor:
- Photographs are available on request
- Representatives from the Great British Care Awards and Carers UK are available on request
- Finalists and their recipient of care also available for interview on request
For more information on The Great British Care Awards please visit their web site at www.care-awards.co.uk
* Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. During the week the UK’s six million unpaid carers are celebrated and recognised for the contribution they make to those they care for, and to their communities.