Celebrating unpaid family carers with the first ever Carers Awards
Over 100 family carers, their families and representatives from across health, social care and education came together for the first ever Carers Trust Heart of England Carers Awards last week.
Held at Coombe Abbey Hotel, the event was an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the exceptional unpaid carers in Coventry and Warwickshire and the great work taking place helping to support them.
Sonja Woodhouse, Chief Executive of Carers Trust Heart of England said: “Many people choose not to describe themselves as a carer – it’s just something they do for someone they care about. These awards were our opportunity to do something for them.
“It has been truly inspiring to hear the real-life stories of people with care responsibilities first-hand and see the major impact that they have on the lives of the people they care for.”
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There were a number of awards given out during the night and the winners of these were:
- Young Carer of the Year – Abbie Bourton
- Carer of the Year – Rose Docherty and Sonja Mahers
- New Carer of the Year – Amanda Froggatt
- Caring GP Practice of the Year – Paradise Medical Centre
- Triangle of Care Award – Katie Harrison from Westwood Ward
- Caring School of the Year – Stanton Bridge Primary School
- Volunteer of the Year – Jon Altoft
- Care Support Worker of the Year – Elaine Noonan and Charmaine O’Connor
- Claire Hall Award – Rose Docherty
The host of the event, Holly Matthews said: “Being able to host an awards where the unsung heroes across our region are celebrated, warmed my heart.
“These amazing men, women and children do what they do out of love yet, at times it’s extremely challenging.
“The Carers Awards allowed us to champion them and notice their efforts. Having been a carer myself, I feel lucky to have been involved in such a powerful event.”
Carers Trust Heart of England’s aim is to support carers and those they care for by providing the highest possible quality, individually tailored care support service that improves the lives of carers, the people they care for and their families.