The search for Limerick’s Netwatch Carer of the year 2020 begins

Netwatch Carer of the Year 2020

Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards 2020, recognise, celebrate, and shine a light on the remarkable contribution of Ireland’s 355,000 family carers.

The search for Limerick’s Netwatch Carer of the year 2020 begins

Netwatch Carer of the Year 2020

Francis O Donnell Winner of Limerick Carer of the Year Award 2019

Family Carers Ireland for the 14th Year is recognising the contribution of Ireland’s 355,000 family carers.  Jean Ryan of Family Carers Ireland, Limerick branch is seeking nominations for Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards 2020. There are 15,531 Family Carers in Limerick, one of whom will be named Limerick Carer of the Year for 2020 at the awards ceremony on November 6, 2020.

Family carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work extremely hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for family members and friends in their own homes. The Netwatch Carer of the Year Awards is an opportunity to recognise the commitment of family carers, often at a huge personal sacrifice, to the care of their loved ones. These individuals are ordinary people doing extraordinary work; they are our family, relatives, neighbors, and friends; they are living in every town and community in Ireland and seek to create a loving, fearless and safe environment for their family members.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of their role in society as they prop up our healthcare system by keeping their loved ones at home and out of the hospital. With limited access to essential services and particularly respite, family carers are overstretched and receive little acknowledgment for their unpaid work which saves the State €10bn each year.

Nomination forms are now available online at www.familycarers.ie or via the National Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24. People from Limerick are encouraged to nominate a family carer that they know who deserves this recognition.

Jean Ryan, Limerick Manager with Family Carers Ireland, said, “The Netwatch Carer of the Year 2020 awards  recognize Limerick’s Limerick family carers for their unyielding sacrifice and commitment to care for their loved ones at home. Whilst 2020 has been challenging for people across Ireland, this has particularly been the case for family carers, many of whom lost their vital supports and services during the lockdown. Now more than ever, they deserve to be recognised and celebrated for their enormous contribution to our society. I hope people will go online and nominate a local family carer for an award.”

The Family Carers Ireland Centre at Unit 1, Georges Quay, Limerick has nomination forms for anyone you know who would like to nominate a Carer for this award. Nomination forms are also available online at www.familycarers.ie, through Family Carers Ireland’s 21 resource centres nationwide or via the National Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24.

The Netwatch Carer of the Year 2020 Awards will be presented by Family Carers Ireland patrons Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan at a scaled-back event at The Westin Hotel, Dublin on November 6th.

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