Celebrate Carers

Since our launch, we've been in daily contact with carers - the unsung heroes of 2020. We soon realised that their work, paid or unpaid, rarely gets the acknowledgment it deserves.

This year, more than ever, carers have risked their own mental and physical health to support our loved ones. Now, they're rolling up their sleeves to face a Christmas unlike any other. Let's give them a shout out!

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Jeanette Edwards

She is a genuinely nice, friendly honest woman who is amazing at her job and is an amazing carer and as a ex colleague I miss working with her.

Jeanette Edwards

She is the activity coordinater at Meadowbrook care home and always has smile on her face and a joke to tell. She is a genuinely nice, friendly honest woman who is amazing at her job and is an amazing carer and as a ex colleague I miss working with her.

Nominated by her colleague Zoey at Bondcare

Barbara Lambert

Despite having her own family commitments, Barbara has supported the care teams 100% even when there has been an outbreak in the home.

Barbara Lambert

Barbara has gone above and beyond adapting to change during the pandemic. Barbara provides training and hands on support to help care workers to feel confident in their skills especially when they are new.

Barbara has had to adapt how she provides this support this year, gearing up with PPE and ensuring that support is provided whilst social distancing.

Despite having her own family commitments, Barbara has supported the care teams 100% even when there has been an outbreak in the home.

Barbara has ensured that essential training has continued so that our carers can continue to provide great care. It has been a worrying time for all and everyone has had their resilience tested. Barbara has come up trumps every time and we are extremely grateful.

Nominated by her colleague Vicki at One Way Training, in Leicester. 

Kizzy Stones

Kizzy is doing a wonderful job and has a great personality with the residents at Dunniwood Lodge Care Home. 

Kizzy Stones

Kizzy is doing a wonderful job and has a great personality with the residents at Dunniwood Lodge Care Home. She provides both emotional and physical support and is always available for a chat or a walk. 

Nominated by her aunt Diane, in Doncaster.

Everyone at Beech house

They have kept her amused, made sure I could speak through window via mobile phones and constantly kept me up to date. 

Everyone at Beech house

My Mum Aimee age 94 went into care from hospital 2 weeks before Christmas so had to be isolated. In that time she has had the company of all member of staff, they have kept her amused, made sure I could speak through window via mobile phones and constantly kept me up to date. And due you there brilliant use of PPE etc they are Covid free. Thank you to everyone at Beech House, Shawside Care Village. 

Nominated by Carol, in Shaw Oldham. 

Sally Bentley

She works at Wren Hall and cares for the residents as if each were her own relative. Her job title as a carer comes nowhere near describing exactly what she does.

Sally Bentley

Sally is my best friend and the most amazing caring person I know. She works at Wren Hall and cares for the residents as if each were her own relative. She takes some of them on trips in her own time, laughs with them and endures a lot of challenging behaviours. Her job title as a carer comes nowhere near describing exactly what she does.

Nominated by friend Ellen, in Nottinghamshire. 

Charlie McCarther

She treats every resident with respect as if they were her own nan and grandad. Charlie has chosen to shield at home and not see family, even though they live in another part of the county to ensure she can’t pass anything on to the residents.

Charlie McCarther

Charlie is young but wise above her years. She treats every resident at Anchor Hanover with respect as if they were her own Nan and Grandad. Charlie has chosen to shield at home and not see family, even though they live in another part of the county to ensure she can’t pass anything on to the residents.

Nominated by her friend Natalie, in Hucknall.

Julie Heath

She is my mum, and cares for both me and my dad. She works so hard and deserves so much love and recognition for that.

Julie Heath

She is my mum, and cares for both me and my dad. We both suffer from ME and other various conditions. Some days I can be partially paralysed so it’s not easy work. She works so hard and deserves so much love and recognition for that.

Nominated by her daughter Amy, in Wells.

Sonia Harmon

Sonia has looked after her own Mother full time who has Lewy Body Dementia, since 2015. She is always helping someone, even if it's just listening to them. She doesn't take credit but is one of those unsung heros, silently just helping and caring for people in the background.

Sonia Harmon

Sonia has looked after her own Mother full time who has Lewy Body Dementia, since 2015.

Her Mother has other mental and physical health issues too, so it hasn't been easy, and Sonia gave up her life to help her Mother.

She even pushed her Mother around a 5km Course to raise over £320 for Dementia Research, in an Alzheimer's UK Memory Walk.

In between all of that, she is invloved in her Community in a wide range of projects. She helps people in the Community, with the Benefit Tribunals and Court issues, for free, even going into the Court with them to make sure that justice is applied. She helped over 600 people get the legal right benefit paid to them, all on her own, in the last 2 years, as well as providing peer support.

She helps me on days I am ill, and we catch up most days on the phone.

She is always helping someone, even if it's just listening to them. She doesn't take credit but is one of those unsung heros, silently just helping and caring for people in the background.

Nominated by Jackie, in Feltham. 

Anastassia Varlamova

Anastassia always ensures that her clients are safe and has stayed later than her shifts, waiting in her car until she see’s the client’s upstairs light goes on so she feels able to leave them. Thank you for always caring so well for our clients, you are amazing!

Anastassia Varlamova

We are so proud of Anastassia for always going above and beyond for her clients. At the end of her shift, on a recent occasion she returned to a vulnerable client without being asked to ensure their safety, whilst awaiting further medical assistance. Anastassia always ensures that her clients are safe and has stayed later than her shifts waiting in her car until she see’s the client’s upstairs light goes on so she feels able to leave them. Thank you for always caring so well for our clients, you are amazing!

Nominated by Danielle at Home Instead Senior Care, Cheltenham.

Dennis

He is looking after his wife Betty, who has Alzheimer's. They are both in their late 80's. When you live with someone who needs extra care it is a 24 hour job & he is doing the best he can!

Dennis

My uncle Dennis is looking after his wife Betty, who has Alzheimer’s. They are both in their late 80’s and I know he finds it hard going even with help from outside carers. When you live with someone who needs extra care it is a 24 hour job & he is doing the best he can!

Nominated by his niece Gillian, in Ellesmere Port.

Tim Balchin

Tim not only offers amazing personal support to my son but he goes far beyond that. Becuase he currently can’t take my son (41) to the cinema, he stages James Bond evenings at our home, dressing for the occasion and sourcing a video player. 

Tim Balchin

Tim not only offers amazing personal support to my son but he goes far beyond that. Because he can’t take my son (41) to the cinema, he stages James Bond evenings at our home, dressing for the occasion and sourcing a video player because Dan (my son) has his late dad’s box set. Tim has greatly enhanced my son’s life during 2020, thinking around ways of still being able to do activities that build Dan’s physical and mental wellbeing, whilst following the government guidelines and keeping safe.

Nominated by Sally, in Ulverston. 

Alison Sced

Alison has been looking after my mother who is 97, and has Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It is a 24/7 job and involves disturbed nights. I salute her!

Alison Sced

Alison has been looking after my mother who is 97, and has Alzheimer’s and diabetes. It is a 24/7 job and involves disturbed nights. Her own health has suffered as a result, but she is philosophical about it.

She has one Carer to assist in the morning but Mother may refuse. She has now had two Battersea dogs to help keep Mother company which adds to the burden. I salute her!

Nominated by Rosemary, in London. 

Ann-Marie

She has made sure we have been informed via texts, messages, videos etc in the lockdown and when my Mum contracted covid and was very ill. She has been our lifeline and put herself at risk looking after her.

Ann-Marie

Ann-Marie has looked after my Mum as her 1:1 carer and now as a normal carer at the Rose Lodge Care Home.

She has gone above and beyond her job. She has made sure we have been informed via texts, messages, videos etc in the lockdown and when my Mum contracted covid and was very ill.

She has been our lifeline and put herself at risk looking after her. All the carers are amazing but Ann-Marie has done so much for my Mum and us a family she is an angel.

Nominated by Claire in Market Deeping. 

Nicole Obbard

Nicole has gone above and beyond to make the lives of our residents that much happier during this tough time where they have not been able to see their loved ones. 

Nicole Obbard

Nicole has gone above and beyond to make the lives of our residents that much happier during this tough time where they have not been able to see their loved ones. Her cheerfulness I'd infectious and nothing has been too big or small for Nicole to spread that extra bit of happiness to one and all.

Nominated by colleague Derrick at RBLI, in Aylesford.

Senga

This lady deserves a medal not only for what she does for my mam but I know she treats all the residents the same.

Senga

Mam had to go into care at the beginning of the first lockdown, she has advanced vascular dementia.

When we couldn't visit Senga, at Windermere Grange care home, took our place giving mam lots of love and attention. She goes above and beyond making sure mam is happy and not upset or distressed.

Senga makes sure she puts mam to bed as that helps her settle and get a full night's sleep. When Senga isn't there to for this mam gets up during the night and wanders the corridor.

Senga even volunteers to work Christmas day so she can get the residents showered and in their Christmas clothes all ready to open gifts and have their dinner. 

Senga is always happy and positive when you speak to her and reassures us that mam is OK, even on a bad day Senga can change mams mood in minutes.

Not visiting mam (we have only had 2 socially distance visits and a window visit at christmas since 1st April 20 ) is extremely difficult and very upsetting but knowing that Senga is there makes us feel better.

This lady deserves a medal not only for what she does for my mam but I know she treats all the residents the same.

Nominated by Tracy, in Middlesborough. 

Andrew Weir

He lifts spirits with his fun, he enriches with his care, he supports with his knowledge and hard work, he is a real asset and superstar!

Andrew Weir

Andrew started as a wellbeing carer in Craigielea in December 2019 and has become an integral part of the care home. He lifts spirits with his fun, he enriches with his care, he supports with his knowledge and hard work, he is a real asset and superstar!

Nominated by colleague Jenni at Craigielea Care Home, in Renfrew. 

Sophy Cotton

My father was always the happiest and at his best when she was on duty. To sum Sophy up, she puts the word care into Carer 100%.

Sophy Cotton

Sophy is a truly caring and empathetic. She sees everyone as a real person and a whole. She operates on a truly holistic basis, both practical and spiritually, and made my father’s life as good as it could be with fabulous food, based on asking him what he liked or felt like at the time. Her cakes were quite simply the best I’ve ever had.

Effectively, she took great pleasure in spoiling my father and making him smile; he was always happiest and at his best when she was on duty.

She was also fantastically empathetic and supportive of me, his daughter, as I struggled being many miles away. To sum Sophy up, she puts the word care into Carer 100%.

Nominated by Mary, in Kent. 

Tamera Norman

Even with the stress of Covid she has still managed to make work enjoyable and make it as stress free as possible for all of us at Crystal Caring. 

Tamera Norman

She has been absolutely amazing this year. Even with the stress of Covid she has still managed to make work enjoyable and make it as stress free as possible for all of us at Crystal Caring. She deserves to know how amazing she really is. 

Nominated by her colleague Lauren at Crystal Caring, in Swindon. 

Barbara Manning

She has worked extra hard to keep things going at home & find special things to lift the atmosphere. 

Barbara Manning

Barbara is 66, caring for a 34 year old schizophrenic who lives with her. It's challenging under normal times but doubly during Covid. His paranoia has increased, which affects going out. She has worked extra hard to keep things going at home & find special things to lift the atmosphere. 

Nominated by anonymous.

Jenny Ncube

She is the ideal example of how 1-2-1 caring should be. My dad enjoyed her care and he never complained once. She was like having a sister in the flat with him. . 

Jenny Ncube

Jenny was provided for us by the excellent Live in Care Direct.

Jenny has been a perfect carer, taking excellent care of my 94 year old dad who sadly passed away recently. She fitted in perfectly and has become part of the family.

My dad enjoyed her care and he never complained once. She was like having a sister in the flat with him. She is the ideal example of how 1-2-1 caring should be. We will miss her fun approach to life. She also never complained about anything to us.

Nominated by Murray, in Watford. 

Peter Small

He is patient and kind beyond measure, and I am immensely proud of how he has cared for my mum - and set a fantastic example for our children.

Peter Small

We’ve looked after my mum for the last three years. She has advanced dementia. My husband has been amazing with her.

Every day he helps with personal care, general activities and keep mum company.

He has always interacted with her like she is his equal, never patronising or taking her for granted.

He is patient and kind beyond measure, and I am immensely proud of how he has cared for her - and set a fantastic example for our children. I’m a nurse, but he’s an overhead linesman so has no training in care.

Nominated by his wife Sarah, in Salisbury.

Belinda

My sister and I have been caring for our mother who has vascular dementia. We both work full time but manage to look after mum as well.

Belinda

My sister and I have been caring for our mother who has vascular dementia. We both work full time but manage to look after mum as well. We have carers going in the evening to help with her food and medication, but we dedicate our time looking after mum.

Nominated by sister Alex, in Abingdon. 

Sam Walls

My mam loves her company and is always happy and upbeat after spending time with Sam, she is a total star.

Sam Walls

Sam is my mam's carer when both me and my sister work. My mam suffers from Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia and Sam who works for Crossroads carers is so kind, patient and professional in her approach to mam's care .

She goes beyond her role and responsibilities helping and supporting mam with meals, personal care, household chores and social activities.

She keeps us updated on how mam is and supports us as a family and has often helped us out where other care support may not have been able to attend.

My mam loves her company and is always happy and upbeat after spending time with Sam , she is a total star.

Nominated by Tara, in Gateshead.

Tony Bolland

Seeing him care for my mum makes my heart melt daily. He has the patience of a saint with her, never corrects her for forgetting or repeating things constantly. 

Tony Bolland

Growing up he was not known for patience with us kids, but seeing him care for my mum makes my heart melt daily. He has the patience of a saint with her, never corrects her for forgetting or repeating things constantly. When now lives in the past, and he goes along with her for the ride, reminiscing and celebrating memories.

Nominated by his daughter Tina, in Pontefract

Roger Bushell

Despite being 80+ years old he selflessly takes care of eveything for my mother in a way that reassures my mother, which reduces her anxiety.

Roger Bushell

My father couldn't cook, clean, do washing, do personal care prior to my mother's fall and subsequent decline. He now does all her personal care, daily washing, cooking, shopping (the list is endless). Despite being 80+ years old he does this selflessly and in a way that reassures my mother, which reduces her anxiety.

Nominated by his son Andrew, in Folkestone.

Elizabeth Assis

Elizabeth gave the resident a total make over the transformation took us all by surprise, this resident's mood was lifted and she now started taking pride in her appearance again.

Elizabeth Assis

During the Covid lock down one resident began to neglect her appearance, she became withdrawn did'nt want to get dressed did'nt comb her hair to the point where it became matted. Various staff tried to establish why she whom have been so proud of her appearance have now neglected herself. 

Elizabeth a night carer who speak Spanish was able to establish the reason, the resident said she had become depress as she was not able to go to her hairdresser to get her hair done.

Elizabeth went out and got her some hair products, and arranged with the resident that she will came in during the day and do her hair. Elizabeth gave this resident a total make over the transformation took us all by surprise, this resident's mood was lifted and she now started taking pride in her appearance again.

What makes Elizabeth stand out is the time she took to come in to support this residents and this was not a one off make over, she continue to do this every two weeks. 

Nominated by colleague Olivia, at Octavia Housing, London.

Lilian Hunt

My mum has been there and does everything for him... She is amazing and deserves all the praise for what she does.

Lilian Hunt

My father fell last year and had bleeding on the brain, since then he has been diagnosed with dementia. My mum has been there and does everything for him, from all his basic needs, to support him, entertain him by dancing with him. She is amazing and deserves all the praise for what she does.

Nominated by Lilian's daughter Laura, Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Michelle & Chris Smith

Their loving care, time and support is infinite.

Michelle & Chris Smith

My parents have been carers for my maternal grandad and paternal grandmother for over fifteen years. They are so caring, resilient and patient. They continue to both work full time, but support both grandparents tremendously each day. They organise, collect and deliver their medications, food shopping and meals.

My grandad now has dementia and will frequently call throughout the night, and consistently in the daytime too. Their loving care, time and support is infinite, and are qualities that shine so brightly in them both. They deserve all of the celebrations and shout outs in the world.

 

Nominated by their daughter Amy, in Sudbury. 

Lynn Sadler

Lynn could always bring a smile from Mum and she had such a wonderful relationship with her. She can calm her down and make the smiles return. 

Lynn Sadler

Lynn works mostly nights at Cedar Court Care Home in Abbey Wood. She has shown the utmost care and attention to our Mum who had Alzheimers, and treated Mum as if she were her own.

If Mum was unwell she would constantly check on her and wherever possible sit with Mum as much as possible. Lynn could always bring a smile from Mum and had such a wonderful relationship with her. She could calm her down and make the smiles return.

We have absolute confidence in Lynn as a carer who goes the extra mile (not just with our Mum) to ensure everyone in her charge gets the best care possible when Lynn is there and ensures other staff know of any special help needed when she is off shift.

 

Nominated by Jae. 

Dawn McKenner

Dawn is truely AMAZING!! She goes above and beyond for every person she cares for. 

Dawn McKenner

Dawn is truely AMAZING!! She works as a community physiotherapist and goes above and beyond for every person she cares for. She also cares for her son and she helps her mam care for her dad who has early onset dementia.

On top of all that she is a volunteer director for a children's charity and has given so much tine to other families throughout all the 3 lockdowns.

Dawn has been nominated by her friend Kim in Stakeford.