Carer of the Year
Christine Morris dedicated her life to fostering children who may not otherwise have had a good start in life.
She was nominated by her daughter Melanie Taylor, who she adopted in 1974, but sadly died in September after finding out the lung cancer she was battling was terminal.
Christine, 66, formerly of Bronte Close, Monk Bretton, had fostered as many as 60 children over the years with her husband Rick. The couple fostered a severely disabled young boy six years ago and Christine had just found out she was a 'foster grandmother'.
On top of that, Christine also collected donations to send to children around the world.
She was determined to help Barnsley children in any way possible and requested the £600 received in donations at her funeral to go to fostering associations.
Fighting back tears, Rick said: "I'm walking on air - I never expected this. Christine would be over the moon.
"She knew what she wanted and went out and did it. A the top of the list, even before we got married, was how many babies we were going to have - our own, adopted or fostered.
"She loved kids, they meant the world to her. She wasn't bothered about recognition, but I would like to think she would be proud of this award."
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.”