Accolades for caring unsung heroes

The Age UK Northumberland Awards held in Ashington. MH winners (l-r) Kathleen Baxter, derek Todd and Jackie Wood. GM023134
The Age UK Northumberland Awards held in Ashington. MH winners (l-r) Kathleen Baxter, derek Todd and Jackie Wood. GM023134
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A NUMBER of unsung heroes who work tirelessly to keep the elderly in their homes safe and well in Morpeth were part of a role call of hard workers from across the county given an accolade.

Age UK Northumberland held an awards ceremony for the best in nine categories and the Morpeth Herald was proud to sponsor the Quality Performance category.

The event was attended by a number of service users including 102-year-old Roland Sladden, from Widdrington, who nominated Jackie Wood, the winner of the Quality category, sponsored by the Morpeth Herald.

Mr Sladden relies on Jackie to assist with his daily routines, including looking after the birds in his garden, which enhance his life.

He said: “Jackie shows great patience with my deafness and helps me with my phone calls. She orders my dinners, handles the shopping I need with skill.

“She has been with me for several years, gets my newspaper, makes sure I always have bread and milk, does my cleaning and is cheerful all the time.”

The Team Award, sponsored by Quay2 Media, was the choice of 81-year-old Marie Sutcliffe, from Morpeth.

She nominated Dorothy Bentham, of Ashington, and Melanie Gartside, of Morpeth, through her husband Mr Sutcliffe, who said: “These two ladies attend to my wife each week and give excellent caring service. I could not manage without their help.”

This was the third award for Dorothy for her commitment to her role.

Joanne Clark Hairdressers’ winner of the Exceptional Carers category was Kath Baxter, from Morpeth.

She was nominated for her care of 88-year-old Muriel Feeney due to her great understanding of dealing with people with dementia.

The event was attended by Ellington First School choir, the Mayor of Morpeth, Coun Joan Tebbutt, and the Mayor of Ashington.

Richard Dobson, chairman of the board of trustees, closed the event thanking the sponsors, Ellington School choir, compere Simon Robertson, all the service users and home care attendants.

Age UK Northumberland is always looking for more people to join its team as home care attendants to make a difference to people wanting to stay in their own homes.

Guaranteed interview days will be held first week in November across the county and information is available at www.ageuk.org.uk/northum berland