Carers awarded

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DEDICATED carers are in line for an award next week.

The ceremony at the Stadium of Light gives unpaid carers who look after ill or disabled family members or friends the opportunity to nominate and thank workers who have supported them in their caring roles and made a real difference to their lives.

Workers and volunteers from the health, social care and voluntary sectors will be presented with Caring for Carers Awards and certificates at a ceremony on Monday.

Sunderland’s outgoing Mayor, Bob Heron, will present the awards, which take place during national Carers’ Week, which launches that day.

A total of 29 workers and teams have been nominated 
by carers, and each will be presented with a certificate at the ceremony.

Graham Burt, chief executive officer of Sunderland Carers’ Centre, said: Caring for someone can often be very difficult and demanding and can sometimes have an impact on a carer’s own health and well-being.

“In order for carers to be able to continue caring, it is vital that carers receive appropriate support from agencies to help them in their caring role.

“In our work supporting carers, we often hear what has gone wrong for carers and the good work is regularly overlooked.

“The Caring for Carers Awards nominations demonstrate that in many cases, workers and volunteers in Sunderland go above and beyond their roles and duties to help and support carers.

“The awards also show how much carers really appreciate and value this help.”