Search for Wexford's top carer
who will become Wexford's Carer of the Year?
According to the last Census there are over 5,763 family carers in the county and now the Carers Association is asking people to nominate their chosen carer and recognise their work providing essential care in the home to loved ones, who are often frail, have poor health or are children and adults with disabilities.
Broadcasters and patrons of The Carers Association, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan, officially launched the awards and will present the Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carers of the Year Awards 2015 at a special ceremony in Dublin in November. The awards, sponsored by Tunstall Emergency Response, are hosted by The Carers Association to celebrate the dedication and commitment of Ireland's over 187,000 family carers and 6,500 young carers.
Madeleine Morrissey, from Kiltealy, was announced as last year's Wexford Carer of the Year 2014 and went on to be presented with the overall national award for Carer of the Year 2014.
Madeleine provides full time care for her three, now adult, children. Jay, Pat, and Sheila are people with Autism who require full-time care and have a number of different care needs. Madeleine also cares for her mother-in-law, who is in her nineties.
'Madeleine is an inspiration and we were delighted to present her with last year's award,' said Catherine Cox, at the Carers Association.
Nominations can be made online at www.carersireland.com. or from your local Carers Association Resource Centre.