Carers honoured at Northamptonshire awards

Winners announced for the Northamptonshire Carers Awards 2014
Winners announced for the Northamptonshire Carers Awards 2014
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The fourth Jane Roebuck Carers Awards were held on Wednesday 29 January to honour and celebrate the fantastic work of carers in Northamptonshire during 2013.

In addition to the difference they make to the lives of their loved ones, it is estimated that carers save health and social services around £120bn a year nationally, an average of £18,473 per carer. One in ten people are carers and in Northamptonshire alone there are around 70,000 known carers.

The prestigious awards ceremony, which was held at Rushton Hall, not only recognises their hard work and selflessness, but it also provides an opportunity for them to enjoy an occasion dedicated to them.

The awards were attended by healthcare professionals and councillors from around the county, as well as Northampton Saints player, Dominic Waldouck. Local organisations supported the event by donating prizes for the awards.

Mark Major, Director of Northamptonshire Carers said: “The awards were a great success and we were absolutely thrilled that so many people put forward nominations.

“Carers do a vital job and these awards help raise their profile and awareness of the amazing work these people do, often in extremely challenging circumstances.

“While we have only awarded some of the nominees with awards, it must be known that all carers are winners and the work they do for others is extremely valuable.”

This year’s winners are:

Carer of the Year – Usha Vaghela of Northampton

“She is an outstanding woman who supports her parents with mobility and personal care, she also takes care of her five year old son who has down’s syndrome. She always remains positive and her vision is to ensure that all her family members are happy, then she is happy herself.”

Highly Commended

- Janet Walker-Smith of Earls Barton

- Eva Bird of Northampton

- Tracey Konarzack of Kettering

- Irene Randall of Northampton

Young Carer of the Year – Natasha Krywalk of Rushden

“Natasha cares for her mother and is instrumental in enabling her to live as independently as possible. Nothing holds her back and at school she is registered gifted and talented with teachers speaking very highly of her.”

Highly Commended

- Oliver Alexander of Rushden

- Nadine Green of Northampton

- Jonathan Stock of Northampton

Best GP Practice Supporting Carers – Parklands Surgery, Rushden

“Staff always treat me well and respect my decisions with what I tell them, they never make me feel rushed. They always ask how I am and how I am coping, which means so much.”

Highly Commended

- Woodsend Medical Centre, Corby

- Clarence Avenue Surgery, Northampton

Best School Supporting Carers – Queen Eleanor Primary Academy, Northampton

“The school gives carers the opportunity to talk to someone about their caring role and how they feel. They go out of their way to make accommodations to support carers.”

Highly Commended

- Loddington School, Loddington, Northants

- Potterspury Lodge School, Towcester

Best School Staff Supporting Young Carers – Joanna Ellis, Maths teacher and Deputy Head of year 9 of The Ferrers School, Queensway, Higham Ferrers

“Mrs Ellis is very supportive and selfless, supporting children with coping in difficult situations.”

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