CARER OF THE YEAR
They're some of the most hardworking, dedicated and compassionate individuals you could come across - yet all too often, those working and volunteering in the care sector are overlooked or taken for granted.
This award recognises the selfless carers who have gone above and beyond to help others - whether as part of their job, as a volunteer or as a family member looking after a loved one.
Sarah Sullivan and team DRUM
DRUM is a unique service run by a team of part time staff who work endless hours unpaid to care, enhance and enrich the lives of their disabled members. Sarah and her team treat every member like one of their own family. Carers can leave their loved ones at DRUM knowing that they are being cared for by people they can totally trust and rely on – a ‘home from home’. The team provides breakfast, lunch, arrange transport and organise days out and social events. Members and carers can also access in-house services such as massage and chiropody as well as taking part in a variety of activities helping them to get active, stay healthy whilst raising their confidence and regaining independence.
John Cunnane - WINNER
Since John’s early retirement he has been his wife’s carer, who has been living with multiple sclerosis for the past 30 years. He’s there for her 24 hours a day and copes with the majority of his wife’s severe needs by himself, with no complaint or need for acknowledgment. He is active in local charity work especially those charities that have helped his wife over the years. He is an inspiration to his family and they believe he deserves the recognition for the amazing dedication to his wife and the community even though he doesn’t see this as extraordinary.
After arriving in the UK in the 1990’s to undertake general nursing Florence went on to study dementia nursing care and change in her career. This path led to her becoming the manager of Greenbanks Care Home 10 years ago. Staff, residents and loved ones alike respect her open door approach along with her personal care and loving kindness. She can often be found working late into the evenings and over the weekend whilst also taking care of her aged mother, who lives some distance away. Florence is totally committed to her job with dedication, energy and effort.