Carer of the Year
Leanne Drummond has done everything in her power to help her poorly little girl.
Ebonie Webb, six, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was six months old.
Leanne and Ebonie’s dad, Mick, of Honeywell Place, have been raising money to send her to America for treatment ever since. But the trip was called off after Ebonie’s tumour grew and spread to her spine, meaning she was unable to travel and needed more surgery and chemotherapy.
The tumour has now spread to the most complex part of her brain, near the nervous centre which affects primitive physical and emotional behaviour, and could eventually see her lose her eyesight.
But Leanne has never seen any of what she does as worthy winning awards – she believes she is just doing what any other mum would do for their child.“I have never seen what I do as being about any awards. It’s really nice that someone has recognised me and what I do, but it’s just my life.” She said Ebonie was ‘over the moon’ her mum had won and was doing really well and still enjoying school.
They recently had some good news, Ebonie’s tumour has shrunk a little, but she continues to have chemotherapy.
Leanne encouraged others to put forward people who dedicate their lives to caring for others.“I thought I had been shoved in to make up the numbers so I was really pleased when I won. It’s a good thing to nominate people, and it was brilliant that I was nominated.”
Our Carer of the Year is someone who puts their own needs aside to selflessly care for family members, partners, friends or others who suffer from ill health, are frail or have a disability.
This person may look after one person or many. They may be a family member or friend, a foster parent or someone from the medical profession such as a doctor or nurse.
The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.
- What kind of things does this person do to make life easier for someone else?
- Do they run errands, do the shopping, tidy someone’s home or garden or help care for pets?
- Are they always there to provide companionship and listen to people who need to talk?
Being a carer is an important job that many do without ever wanting or asking to be praised for it.
We would all do anything for our loved ones, but nominating someone you know for the Carer of the Year award is a great way to thank them for their commitment and give them the recognition they deserve.
NPS Barnsley Limited
Barnsley S70 2RD
Telephone: 01226 774605www.nps.co.uk
NPS Barnsley is a local property services company, formed in January 2011. Part-owned by Barnsley Council, in a joint venture partnership, NPS work closely with the council to support growth in the local economy and create and sustain local jobs.
Their services include architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering design, quantity surveying, procurement, energy management and compliance services such as asbestos, water hygiene and health and safety management and facilities management services such as cleaning and caretaking. The company also has its own construction arm.
Barnsley Council continues to be their main client, delivering some wonderful projects together including the refurbishment of Barnsley Town Hall.
By increasing their client base, last year they secured almost £2 million in work for other clients. This is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work and commitment of NPS staff.
As a local company they employ local people, with majority of their third party spend with local suppliers and subcontractors. They recently signed the Barnsley Apprentice Pledge and have already exceeded their targets, with five per cent of their workforce being apprentices. These apprentices will be trained by NPS to become the designers, engineers and craftsmen of the future.
Karen Temple, managing director of NPS, said: “Most of our employees live in Barnsley and their children attend schools in the borough. Here at NPS we are all very proud of our Barnsley roots and care very much about the town.
“We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of the Proud of Barnsley awards because it is a chance to give our unsung heroes the recognition they deserve. These inspirational people are what make Barnsley truly great.
“We chose to support the Carer of the Year category because caring will touch all of our lives at some point – whether we are caring for someone or being cared for.
“They are often the glue holding families together and the care they provide is truly irreplaceable. We feel extremely privileged to be associated with this award.”