Carer of the Year 2017 Finalists – Dave and Lynda Gomersall

Dave and Lynda Gomersall have made it to the final three for the Carer of the Year Lynda and Dave Gomersall have been nominated by their son Scott for the care they have provided him after he returned home from hospital in 2014.

In 2013, Scott, who at the time owned his own business, SDG Accountants in Barrow,  suffered a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage suddenly while at work.  He was rushed to Furness General and from there, thanks to the speed of the doctors and the team he was transferred to Preston Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.   That night doctors told Lynda and Dave Gomersall that their son was unlikely to make it through the night and it was best to say their goodbyes while they still could.lba17_carer_dave-and-lynda-gomersall-resize-for-blog

Against all odds Scott survived the night and finally regained conscious after being in a coma for 3 weeks.  Scott went on to spend the next 10 months in Preston NRU working tirelessly with the team there to recover.  Scotts Father, Dave, continues to work even though he was due to retire and Scott’s mum, Lynda stayed in Preston in a special unit for relatives, then rented a room in Preston to be able to attend hospital every day.  With sheer determination and hard work alongside the dedication of his parents, Scott  learned to do many things again that we all take for granted such as learning to sit, up, chew food and finally having to learn to walk again.

Scott was then released home, where he moved back in with his parents, who have adapted parts of their home to accommodate Scott and his continuing rehabilitation.  Dave has continued to work to help support Scott and the family while Lynda helps take care of Scott throughout the day as well as looking after her own mother who recently suffered a stroke and suffers from Dementia.

Scott says of his parents “Without the time and support from my parents I don’t know where I would be today but I’m sure I would not have achieved what I have to date”

Scott defied the odds and thanks to the continued support and love of Lynda and Dave, has been able to start to get back to normal and start to contribute in small ways within the community by volunteering with the Love Barrow Awards, which previously he had sponsored the Young Citizen category with his business SDG Accountants.

TO VOTE FOR DAVE & LYNDA IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

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Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Carer of the Year 2017 Finalist – Amanda Bland

Mandy Bland is in the final for the care she provides to her autistic son as well as the wider autistic community providing support through her company, A Stitch Different.

Mandy not only cares for her autistic son she set up & runs A Stitch Different, A Community Interest Company, which makes therapy goods for disabled children.

lba17_carer_amanda-bland-resize-for-blogMandy helps to raise money for charities and recently organised a variety night to raise money and Autism Awareness. Following that she organised a massive balloon launch with entertainment for the kids, and taken part in the Rough Runner obstacle course to raise more money for Leonard Cheshire Youth group.

She also works part time at Stollers Furniture World, she says that’s her respite & break. Everyone she meets  benefits from her enthusiasm & commitment to the disability community.

Mandy, through A Stitch Different also tutors a young disabled lady and teaches her to sew, using special equipment donated through her company.

People who know her say “She’s just so kind, selfless & extremely generous with her time nothing is ever too much trouble.”

 

TO VOTE FOR MANDY IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA14 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.


Carer of the Year 2017 Finalist – Sophie Hotchkiss

Sophie Hotchkiss is in the finals for the care and attention she gives to her mum as well as holding down a full time job.

Sophie Hotchkiss cares for her mum daily whilst holding down a full time job at Furness General Hospital as a clinical support worker. Sophies mum is in a wheelchair and also suffers from Epilepsy.

lba17_carer_sophie-hotchkiss-resize-for-blogOn her days off and after work,  Sophie assists her mum with showering, does housework and keeps the garden tidy.  She will take her mum out in her wheelchair, shopping.

She helps with medication and also recognise if her mum is having a bad day, also organising with the family any appointments her mum needs to go to or to make sure there is someone else there to care for her when she is on a shift at work.
From a young age, Sophie always knew how to help her mum, she knew what to do and who’s family and doctors phone numbers were which buttons to press and if her mum couldn’t get upstairs she would get the spare pillows and blankets out to make a bed downstairs for them both in case her mum needed any help.

Sophie was born with a finger missing on her right hard due to the medication her mum was taking for her epilepsy, she has had a few operations with plastic surgery  to improve the use of her hand as she is right handed, she has also had 9 operations on her ears to help her hearing, she still sees theses consultants.

Sophies mum says “I cannot express enough how proud I am of Sophie as well as eternally grateful for all her help especially since my health and mobility deteriorated in the last 3 years”

TO VOTE FOR SOPHIE IN THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD  

TEXT  LBA15 to 82055

Peoples Choice Award Sponsor

With thanks to Blake Henderson Ltd for sponsoring this award

Each text vote costs your normal network text message charge.

One free vote may be made online by visiting www.lovebarrowawards.co.uk/peopleschoice

Voting closes at 6.00pm on the Sunday 19th February 2017. Any votes received after then may be charged but will not be counted.

The winner will be announced at The Love Barrow Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 and will be announced via Facebook and Twitter also.

 


Carer of the Year 2017 Nominees – Lynda and Dave Gommersall

Lynda and Dave Gomersall have been nominated jointly for the Carer of the Year Award sponsored by Cumbria Clinical Commisioning Group. NHS Cumbria

Lynda and Dave Gomersall have been nominated by their son Scott for the care they have provided him after he returned home from hospital in 2014.

In 2013, Scott, who at the time owned his own business, SDG Accountants in Barrow,  suffered a Subarachnoid Haemorrhage suddenly while at work.  He was rushed to Furness General and from there, thanks to the speed of the doctors and the team he was transferred to Preston Neurological Rehabilitation Unit.   That night doctors told Lynda and Dave that their son was unlikely to make it through the night and it was best to say their goodbyes while they still could.

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Against all odds Scott survived the night and finally regained conscious after being in a coma for 3 weeks.  Scott went on to spend the next 10 months in Preston NRU working tirelessly with the team there to recover.  Scotts Father, Dave, continues to work even though he was due to retire and Scott’s mum, Lynda stayed in Preston in a special unit for relatives, then rented a room in Preston to be able to attend hospital every day.  With sheer determination and hard work alongside the dedication of his parents, Scott  learned to do many things again that we all take for granted such as learning to sit, up, chew food and finally having to learn to walk again.

Scott was then released home, where he moved back in with his parents, who have adapted parts of their home to accommodate Scott and his continuing rehabilitation.  Dave has continued to work to help support Scott and the family while Lynda helps take care of Scott throughout the day as well as looking after her own mother who recently suffered a stroke and suffers from Dementia.

“Without the time and support from my parents I don’t know where I would be today but I’m sure I would not have achieved what I have to date”

Scott defied the odds and thanks to the continued support and love of Lynda and Dave, has been able to start to get back to normal and start to contribute in small ways within the community by volunteering with the Love Barrow Awards, which previously he had sponsored the Young Citizen category with his business SDG Accountants.

Lynda and Dave are a fantastic example of how families are sometimes the foundation that the rehabilitation and care of loved ones are built on once they leave the hospital.

Well Done Lynda and Dave, you are amazing people!

If you know a person, a group, charity or business who deserves some recognition then you have until the 18th November 2016 to nominate them for a Love Barrow Award 2017.

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Please note all information is from the nomination form (s) and some information may be incorrect at time of publishing.