Call for more nominations for Carer of the Year in 2016 Stars of Suffolk awards

The 2016 Stars of Suffolk is launched at Hintlesham Hall.

The 2016 Stars of Suffolk is launched at Hintlesham Hall. - Credit: Su Anderson

Organisers behind the Stars of Suffolk awards are calling on people to nominate carers in their communities.

The Stars of Suffolk Awards 2015 at Wherstead Park.
Clare Sinclair receiving the first award of the

The Stars of Suffolk Awards 2015 at Wherstead Park. Clare Sinclair receiving the first award of the night. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

The Stars of Suffolk Awards 2016 was launched in Whersted Park last month, and nominations are coming in thick and fast in its 14 categories.

However, nominations for the Carer of the Year award are lacking with the individuals involved often believing their role to be nothing out of the ordinary, and anyone who knows of a carer is being urged to nominate them.

The Stars of Suffolk awards were launched by Mike Parker, of Parker Communications, nine years ago to honour Suffolk’s bravest, most dedicated and most caring individuals.

Speaking this week, Mr Parker said: “Carer of the Year is one of our most successful categories, but we do sometimes have an initial problem with people entering because carers do what they do out of pure love of who they are caring for. They don’t see what they are doing as anything special.

“It takes someone else to say you are doing a remarkable job. Other people think they are fabulous but they themselves think they are very ordinary.

“Some of them are very young, looking after mum or dad, brothers and sisters, they do school work and spend nearly all of their own time looking after members of their family.

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“The term carer can be misunderstood sometimes. They are remarkable people and they need to be recognised.”

Taking the Carer of the Year award last year was Clare Sinclair, from Ipswich, who became the principle guardian to her four neices and nephews following the death of her sister, Heather, to cancer last year - just two years after the death of her partner, John.

The awards are once again being hosted by the East of England Co-Operative, with Flagship Housing Group as the main event sponsor, while 13 companies, including the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, will sponsor individual awards.

All winners will receive a gong and a special prize relevant to the individual.

Nominations close on Friday, September 30, with the winners to be announced at a ceremony at Wherstead Park on Thursday, November 24.