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Mayor and Mayoress Coun Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley present certificates to the winners of the Caring for Carers awards, Julie Johns, Peter Walker and Steve Simpson.
Mayor and Mayoress Coun Norma Wright and Valerie Sibley present certificates to the winners of the Caring for Carers awards, Julie Johns, Peter Walker and Steve Simpson.
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LIFELINE workers and volunteers have been given the recognition they deserve.

Those who go that little bit further were presented with certificates at the annual Caring for Carers event at the Stadium of Light.

The aim of the awards is to give unpaid carers who look after ill or disabled family members or friends the opportunity to nominate and thank workers who have supported them and made a real difference to their lives.

Among those awarded at the event, part of National Carers Week, was Julie Johns, a district nurse from NHS South of Tyne and Wear.

Julie was nominated by Valerie Simmons to thank her for caring for her husband. She said: “Julie always made my husband feel at ease and always made a point of including me in the conversation. She would, where possible, have a coffee and a chat and over time we built up trust and she became more of a friend.”

Coun Peter Walker, who represents Washington North, was nominated for an award by Diane Kirtley.

She said: “I mentioned to Councillor Walker how life was very difficult getting my husband up and down kerbs where I lived and how dropped kerbs would make life a lot easier for me.

“He was constantly in touch telling me how things were going and in March two drop kerbs were placed outside my house and across the road. This has made a tremendous difference to my life.”

More than 20 workers and teams from different agencies were presented with certificates from Mayor, Norma Wright.

Lisa Hall, of Sunderland Carers’ Centre, said: “In our work supporting carers we regularly hear about what has gone wrong for carers and the good work that is done by agencies is often overlooked.

“Each year we run the Caring for Carers Awards to recognise workers who have made a real difference to the lives of carers and to highlight good practice in the city. It is also a special way for carers to say thank you.”

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