Compassionate Wendy named 'Waterford Carer of the Year'
Wendy Dee from Kilmacthomas has been named as the 2018 Waterford CarePlus Carer of the Year.
Each year Family Carers Ireland recognise Carers for the extraordinary hard work and dedication involved in caring for their loved ones every day, through these national awards.
The annual awards ceremony now in its 12th year recognised 27 family carers across Ireland. The special ceremony was presented by broadcasters and patrons of Family Carers Ireland, Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy. Newly appointed ambassadors and Mrs Brown’s Boys stars Danny O’Carroll and Paddy Houlihan were also in attendance.
Wendy cares for her mum and dad who are both wheelchair users. She is a kind, compassionate and hard-working person with a husband and three children who still always make time to care for others both young and old.
According to CSO Irish Health Survey there are approximately 8,770 family carers in Waterford providing on average 45 hours of care per week in their homes. Family Carers across Ireland save the state a staggering €10 billion each year. Today 1 in 10 people provide care for a loved one in the home - by 2030, demographic changes predict that one in five people will take on a caring role.
“We are delighted to recognise and celebrate Carers in every county of Ireland for their trojan work as Family Carers. A huge congratulations to Wendy who is now the Waterford Careplus Carer of the Year 2018. Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for their loved ones, safely, in their own homes."
"With limited access to services and particularly respite, Carers in Waterford are overstretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work with three quarters receiving no payment from the State,” Said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland.
Niamh Lynch, Commercial Director of CarePlus Pharmacy commented: “CarePlus Pharmacy is honoured to sponsor the Family Carer of the Year awards and recognise the tireless efforts of thousands of people across the country. Carers are the heart of every community and our pharmacy owners and staff meet them every day. We are enjoying working closely with Family Carers Ireland and supporting the awards throughout over fifty community pharmacies nationwide.”
This is the second year CarePlus Pharmacy have sponsored this event.