Slideshow: Northamptonshire Carers Awards 2015

Carers from across the county were honoured at a special awards ceremony.

There was a full house for the fifth annual Northamptonshire Jane Roebuck Carers Awards on Wednesday, January 28, which brought together carers from across Northamptonshire to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic contribution that they make to the county.

Young Carer of the Year Award winner Emily Brightman,12, with her dad Paul

Young Carer of the Year Award winner Emily Brightman,12, with her dad Paul

The prestigious awards ceremony, which was held at Barton Hall, Kettering, not only recognises the commitment, hard work, and selflessness of carers, but it provides an opportunity for them to enjoy an occasion which is dedicated solely to them.

Alongside the difference that carers make to the lives of the people that they care for and support, it is estimated that they save health and social services about £120bn a year nationally – an average of £18,473 per carer.

Figures also reveal that as many as one in 10 people are carers and in Northamptonshire alone there are over 70,000 known carers.

The awards were attended by a number of healthcare professionals, the Mayor of Kettering and councillors from around the county, and were again hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s Stuart Linnell.

There was also a special guest in attendance in the form of Northampton Saints rugby player Dominic Waldouck.

There were three categories which paid tribute to Young Carer of the Year, Carer of the Year and a new Shining Star Award, which was awarded to a special person who goes that extra mile to support carers in sectors such as education, health and social care. There was also a special Life Time Achievement Award to mark the fifth year of the awards.

Director of Northamptonshire Carers Mark Major said: “We had a record number of nominations this year for the Carers Awards and that is testament to the recognition of how much of a difference that they can make to people’s lives.

“The awards help acknowledge the vital role that carers play in helping the wellbeing of people across Northamptonshire and are an important platform to help raise the profile of the amazing work that carers do across the county.

“Carers are often unsung heroes and while there were four overall winners on the day, it goes without saying that all carers truly are winners who do something quite remarkable every day.”

The winners were:

Young Carer of the Year 2014 (Under 18) – Emily Brightman

Carer of the Year – Surinder Matharu

Shining Star Award – Jo Fox from Linden Medical Centre, Kettering

Life Time Achievement Award – Anne Goodman