Jenny awarded Louth Carer of the Year ti­tle

The Argus - - NEWS -

JENNY Camp­bell from Tullyallen has been named as the 2018 Louth 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.

Jenny cares for her daugh­ter Aimee who has been bat­tling a se­ri­ous ill­ness, Guil­ian Barre syn­drome. Aimee went from be­ing an ac­tive young woman with a pas­sion for Ir­ish danc­ing to be­ing paral­ysed from the neck down in the space of 24 hours.

De­spite her strug­gle, Aimee is thank­fully mak­ing an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery and nomi- nated her mother for the award,

‘I wouldn’t be here to­day if it wasn’t for the help and care of my mother,’ said Aimee.

Ac­cord­ing to CSO Ir­ish Health Sur­vey there are ap­prox­i­mately 9,714 fam­ily car­ers in Louth 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. Fig­ures show that 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.

Cather­ine Cox, Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Carer En­gage­ment with Fam­ily Car­ers Ire­land said: ‘We are de­lighted to recog­nise and cel­e­brate Car­ers in ev­ery county of Ire­land for their tro­jan work as Fam­ily Car­ers. A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Jenny who is now the Louth 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 Louth are over stretched and re­ceive lit­tle ac­knowl­edge­ment for their un­paid work with three quar­ters re­ceiv­ing no pay­ment from the State.’

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.’

Jenny Camp­bell and her daugh­ter Aimee.

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