Carers Awards 2017 Winners of the Jane Roebuck Carers Awards announced Over 100 people attended the Jane Roebuck Carers Awards at Barton Hall, Kettering on 25 January. The awards brought together carers from across Northamptonshire to acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic contribution that they make to the county. The prestigious awards ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Kettering, Councillor Scott Edwards, MPs and a number of healthcare professionals. The special event recognised the commitment, hard work, and selflessness of Northamptonshire Carers, but also provided an opportunity for the county’s Carers to enjoy an occasion which was dedicated solely to them. The awards were: Young Carer of the Year - Eevee Thomson Carer of the Year - Susan Francis Shining Star Award - Natasha Krywald GP surgeries were presented with 'Investors in Carers' awards, including a well-deserved gold award for Long Buckby Medical Centre Supporting Working Carers Awards were presented to Working Carer balancing both roles - Linda Bennett Business Supporting Its Working Carers (commercial sector) – Sponne School (TOVE Learning Trust) Business Supporting Its Working Carers (voluntary/public sector) – Northampton Partnership Homes and Employees were awarded The Claire Award was presented by Claire's family to Karen Woodward and remembers our late colleague Claire Bertram Gregory. “Every year, thousands of carers across Northamptonshire play a vital role in supporting vulnerable people to live in the community, often in difficult circumstances. They make a huge contribution to the wellbeing of many people with significant health problems, and too often the good work that they do goes unrecognised as they support their loved ones with dedication on a daily basis. The Jane Roebuck Carers Awards puts these dedicated unsung heroes firmly in the spotlight as we honour the wonderful work that they do for others.” Mark Major, CEO, Northamptonshire Carers. As many as one in ten people are Carers and in Northamptonshire alone there are over 70,000 known carers. Not only do carers make a significant difference to the lives of the people that they care for, they also save the state an estimated £132 billion a year – close to the cost of a second NHS. The ceremony was presented by BBC Radio Northampton's Martin Heath and prizes were donated by sponsors. Northamptonshire Carers are this year celebrating our silver jubilee and marking it with a fundraising drive in order more holiday homes for Carers to use for a well-deserved break. Exciting activities and events will be announced throughout the course of the year.