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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.

The shortlisted finalists in this category are:

Michelle Mottram
Michelle works as a care assistant at Amberside Care Home. During lockdown the home was without a chef, so she stepped in to cook for all the residents and staff each day as well as her usual duties.

Gary O’Brien  WINNER
AKA Happy Gary! Set up his own business to give young adults with learning and physical disabilities lead a fun and adventurous life.  He brings a lot of energy, fun, laughter and craziness to everyone he meets and really cares about all of the people he works with. Gary has made such a difference to so many young people lives who otherwise would’ve been stuck at home.

Peace Hospice Care
The Inpatient Unit, Community Team, Outpatient Services and the Bereavement and Counselling Provision teams have been vital over the last 12 months due to the challenges of the pandemic.  The dedication, hard work, care and support they have provided to the hospice both internally and externally have ensured that patients and their families have the best quality of care.

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