Irish Red Cross is calling for Ireland to celebrate its unpaid Carers by nominating them for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award. The Award is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care.
Pat Carey, Chairman of the Irish Red Cross, praised Ireland’s Carers, "Unpaid Carers offer a standard of living to sick and vulnerable members of the community that would be impossible without their selfless commitment. It is essential that both carers and care recipients are recongnised and supported members of our communities and of society as a whole”
Last year, Vincent received his award from the Irish Red Cross at a ceremony held at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon. There are more than 180,000 people, 4% of the total population, currently providing unpaid care in Ireland. Vincent’s son Gabriel and daughter Noreen, who both have special needs, rely on him for their everyday needs; preparing their meals, looking after their personal hygiene and helping them eat.
Vincent was nominated for the annual award by his daughter Christina, who said, “All who meet [Vincent] are sure to say that he always has a smile on his face and is in good form”. Vincent himself has a condition which affects his immune system but he carries on regardless of how tired it makes him. “Making sure Gabriel and Noreen are always safe and cared for in the comfort of their own home”, says Christina.
How to apply
Nomination can be made online or you can download an application from.
Nominations should be returned by Thursday 31st August.
The winner will be announced in November and the 2017 national winner will receive a cash prize and luxury hotel break.