The 2020 Carers Awards took place on 24th September. As in previous years, they were hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s Martin Heath however the usual venue was replaced by a virtual Zoom celebration.

In Northamptonshire there are over 75,000 Adult Carers and 7,000 Young Carers – one-tenth the population looking after at least another one-tenth. Without the support they give, services would be overwhelmed with research telling us that Carers save the country £134 billion a year, more than the entire spend on the NHS - locally that equates to £1.4billion.

The American writer Maya Angelou said ‘I have learned that people will forget what you said and People will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel’, that sentiment is very true of Carers and what they do for those they look after.
Caring is something that will touch every family in Northamptonshire at some time and really the issues of caring and how we support people who are elderly, frail or people with serious or terminal illness and long-term health conditions tell us of something absolutely vital about who and what we are and the society and communities we live in and the threads that bind those things together.

Mark Major, CEO, Northamptonshire Carers

2020 has seen even more pressure on Carers with the effects of Coronavirus and lockdown. Carers UK estimate that 4.5million people took on a new caring role and many more have been providing care in unprecedented situations, often without the support they previously would have had.

The Carers Awards say a huge ‘thank you’ to all Carers and Young Carers across the county, especially in such a difficult year but they also highlight some amazing achievements worthy of praise.

Employer & Primary Care Accreditation

Carer Friendly Employers Level 4 Accreditation Investors in Carers GP Accreditation (Silver) Investors in Carers GP Accreditation (Gold Plus)
Nationwide Building Society; Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT);
Long Buckby Surgery
Headlands (Lakeside), Kettering;
Higham Ferrers Surgery;
Rothwell & Desborough;
St Lukes Surgery, Duston
The Cottons, Raunds
Parklands Surgery, Rushden

Highly Commended

Shining Star (professional or volunteer) Working Carer of the Year Jane Roebuck Adult Carer of the Year Young Carer of the Year
Mandy Blackman;
Holly Lines;
Debbie Ling;
Teresa McCarthy-Dixon;
Anthony Newby;
Holly Slyne;
Ruth Welsh;
Toni Wright
Janice Anderson;
Jane Hawker;
Hugh Jones;
Becky Moore;

Maureen Bailey
Ann Flavin-Sweeney;
Joanne Heath;
Donna Leigh;
Benjamin Pepperell;
Mary Reed;
Amber Sacké;

Vilna Theobald

Peter Beech;
Kieran Day;
Matthew Edward;

Emily Lawrence;
Izzy Lawrence;
Chloe Leigh;
Bernadette Philp;
Ajay Rogers;
Bella Loasby;
Nathan Maybury;
Alfie Shaw;
Mia Taylor-Warwick


Shining Star (professional or volunteer) Working Carer of the Year Jane Roebuck Adult Carer of the Year Young Carer of the Year Trustee Award
Dr. Krishna Yathiraj Laura Price Sharon Gibbard Charlotte Timms Riley Chapman Wykes

The Shining Star award is for professionals or volunteers who go above and beyond in their role to support Carers. Dr. Krishna Yathiraj is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Berrywood Hospital and received many nominations from patients and their relatives alike praising his care and support for carers. Comments included "He has literally saved the breakdown of my family" and "Went an extra mile to support us during the difficult time".

I am very proud and excited to have won the working carer award. It seems strange as it’s always just been normal life for me, running spectrum club, supporting parents and continuing with my job as an optical lab technician… I would like to reiterate the importance of parent carers having a role outside of their caring one, time where they can interact with other adults, take time for themselves and go home ready to resume their unpaid caring role.

Laura Price, 2020 Working Carer of the Year

When presenting Charlotte Timms with her award, Martin Heath highlighted that Lottie puts her all into everything she does whether it being caring for mum, younger siblings or school. Lottie's mum wishes she could tell her from her heart how much she helps and is appreciated - normally she brushes praise off but this award is truly warranted.

Thank you so much to everyone, this has completely stunned me. Please pass on my huge thanks, and also my love to each and every Carer here and in our communities that is doing their very best to support and care for their loved ones during these difficult times. I feel humbled by the support I’ve been given in my caring role from Northamptonshire Carers,  NHFT colleagues, friends, other Carers and especially my husband and daughter who help me in my caring role at home.

Sharon Gibbard, 2020 Jane Roebuck Adult Carer of the Year.

The Trustees of Northamptonshire Carers presented Riley Chapman Wykes with the special Trustee Award for saving his mother's life when he was only 6 years old. His skill and bravery at such a young age touched the hearts of the judging panel. Congratulations from all the Trustees.

A recording of the ceremony can be viewed here.

Thank you Martin Heath for Hosting, Sue Ousley for organising and Tangerine Red for providing certificates. Of course a huge thank you to all the Carers & Young Carers in Northamptonshire.

Are you a Carer who would like to discuss what support you need? Please get in touch.