Carer of the Year
Gareth Wilmot was just 36 when he was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia with Pick's Disease.
His parents Graham and Lesley, of Hope Avenue, Goldthorpe, have made it their mission to highlight the fact the disease can affect anyone at any age.
Gareth had been a lively 36-year-old with a partner he was planning to marry. He was a film fan and once appeared in a film with Richard Attenborough.
Now he needs 24 hour care and has lost the ability to speak and concentrate. The couple noticed changes in Gareth’s behaviour and that he had become withdrawn.
Having been named Carer of the Year, Lesley said: “We're shocked because everyone in that category is so well deserving. I’m not quite sure why we have won – Gareth is our son and everything we have done, we have done for Gareth. He's ok at the moment, though he doesn't speak to us anymore. If he wasn't ill and we won the award for something else, I think he would be over the moon.”
Judges' citation: “Graham and Lesley are determined that some good may come from the terribly sad plight of their son. They’ve shown incredible bravery to tell his story to show that dementia does not respect age.”
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.”