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Barnsley Woman Scoops National Care Award

Tuesday July 10 2012


Margaret Baker with her award. Margaret Baker with her award.


A WOMAN from Barnsley has scooped a national care award at an awards ceremony in London.

Margaret Baker won the ‘Unpaid Carer of the Year’ gong at the Great British Care Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

She cares for her husband - who has a number of health problems including cancer and dementia - and represents other carers on a number of council planning groups to develop services to support carers who are in a similar situation.

Lilian Lettin, carers lead for Barnsley Council, made the nomination. She said: “Margaret is a naturally placid person and I’ve seen her confidence develop over the years to the point where she will now challenge senior managers on the realities of life for unpaid carers. She does not promote herself and never expects reward or recognition."

Margaret said: "I’m pleased at the recognition that Barnsley has received for the work that we are doing here to support unpaid carers. To me, that is the most important accolade.”

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Reply Posted by Sandra on Tuesday July 10 2012 at 16:38
Congratulations to Margaret ! I know how difficult looking after someone you love dearly on a full time basis especially since Mental Health services have been cut dramatically, my husband used to have monthly respite at Kendry and for 4 years there has been nothing to replace it, all the very very best for the future because you deserve it.

Reply Posted by Carol Bower on Tuesday July 10 2012 at 19:14
Fantastic Margaret, well done and congratulations on recieving your well deserved award, having met you personally and knowing how you juggle caring for your husband and attending all those all important meetings it's fantastic that this work has been recognised. You have put Barnsley and the role of the unpaid carer well and truely on the map.

Reply Posted by Faye brown on Wednesday July 11 2012 at 20:13
Congratulations margaret I know how hard it is to care for someone you love I'm my dads carer.. I enjoy doing it he had a stroke 4 years since.. I take my hat off to people like you..

Reply Posted by Wendy on Monday July 16 2012 at 17:06
Well done Margaret on this National Award - you keep the Flag Flying for Barnsley - and you look so lovely in this Pic xxxxxx