We were delighted to hear that two carers we work with were recognised at this year’s Bath Chairman’s Awards. Fiona Carr was awarded Carer of The Year after being nominated by her husband John, who she looks after.
John said “Fiona is my wife but also my carer. More importantly she puts the ‘care’ into caring. I always knew that she was a very special lady but since she has been my carer, she has shown this in so many different ways. I had a very serious stroke three years ago. Initially I could not walk, talk or even swallow. I realised that I had a long road of rehabilitation ahead of me. I knew that I could do this with Fiona at my side.
“When I was in hospital she kept my spirits up by visiting me twice a day, every day without fail. Today my life has been changed forever and is very challenging. However, Fiona has helped me adjust to this. I can honestly say that because of her support, I live a fulfilling life. She enables me to attend the local stroke group, cook at Manvers Street Baptist Café and even cycle with the local cycle group. With her ready smile, quick wit and always thinking of others, she is an inspiration to everyone who meets her”.
Young Carer of The Year was awarded to Leeanne Roberts. Leeane has written a few words about her caring experience and getting her award:
“I care for my Dad who has MS. I’ve been caring for him for about 9 or 10 years now. It can be hard at times trying to make sure he is OK and making sure I get to work on time. It’s hard to see my friends and to spend time with them.
“Just recently my mum has come down with really bad anxiety attacks due to stress. [Looking after] my dad is very demanding and my mum, brother and I get really run down. I make phone calls for my mum as she finds that hard.
“The awards evening was a good evening, although I was very nervous as I wasn’t sure I was going to get the award. I took my brother Anthony. There were lots of categories for awards. I was nominated for the Young Carer of the Year and when my name was called I was shocked – it was such a nice surprise. I got a certificate and a glass weight to say what I had won.”