Northamptonshire Carers are celebrated for the 7th year

Yet another successful year celebrated at the Jane Roebuck Carers Awards at Barton Hall, Kettering on 25 January 2017. This is the seventh year these awards have acknowledged and recognised truly inspiring stories of the work carers are undertaking across Northamptonshire.

Over 100 people attended the prestigious awards ceremony including special guests Mayor of Kettering - Councillor Scott Edwards, Dr Darin Seiger - Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Carolyn Kus - Director of Adult Social Care Services - Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Bill Parker – Portfolio Holder Adult Social Care – Northamptonshire County Council, MPs and a number of healthcare professionals.

There were different award categories which recognised the commitment, selflessness and responsibility the Northamptonshire Carers experience daily. The awards included Young Carer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Shining Star Award. GP surgeries and Employers were presented with 'Investors in Carers' awards, including a well-deserved gold award for Long Buckby Medical Centre and for the second year the Claire Award was presented by Claire's family in memory of a Northamptonshire Carers colleague, Claire Bertram Gregory.

This year the award winners were;

Young Carer of the Year – Eevee Thomson
Carer of the Year - Susan Francis
Shining Star Award - Natasha Krywald
Claire Award – Karen Woodward

Mark Major, CEO Northamptonshire Carers said:

“Every year, thousands of carers across Northamptonshire play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people who live in the community, often in difficult circumstances. They make a huge contribution to the wellbeing of many people with significant health problems, and too often the good work that they do goes unrecognised as they support their loved ones with dedication on a daily basis. The Jane Roebuck Carers Awards puts these dedicated unsung heroes firmly in the spotlight as we honour the wonderful work that they do for others.”

There are currently 70,000 known carers in Northamptonshire. Not only do carers make a significant difference to the lives of the people they care for, they also save health and social services an estimated £120bn a year nationally – an average of £18,473 per carer.

It's great to see the event go from strength to strength each year with an increase in nominations every year. A special thanks to Barclaycard for sponsoring the Young Carer Award and Zinc Digital for supporting the Shining Star Award. Also a big thank you to all the local companies for their kind donations including: Barton Hall, Northampton Saints, Riverford Organic, East Lodge Riding & Pony Club, Teamwork Karting and Alvey & Towers Photography.

The event is all about paying tribute and acknowledging all the hard work and positive differences Northamptonshire carers are making to people's lives.