HARD-WORKING staff at a Carlton care home who banded together to keep residents safe have been nominated at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

Carers at Trust Home Care Ltd, on Middlewoods Way, have been working 60 to 70 hours a week throughout the pandemic in a bid to keep residents free from the virus.

The team, led by manager Leanne Hulme, battled heavy snowfall earlier in the month to get to work on time – with many sleeping at each other’s houses to make sure they were at the care home in the morning.

Leanne said it was impossible to single one person out for their efforts during the outbreak.

She said: “Like every carer across the borough, it’s been extremely difficult for our team with a lot of ups and downs.

“We’ve been really fortunate to only have two positive coronavirus cases so far and I think that’s down to the determination of our fantastic team.

“A vast majority have been taking on additional hours, returning to their families, and then working full-time again the next day.

“I always say it’s time to pull our big girl pants on and get through it – which every single member of the team has done.

“A few of our carers have been self-isolating from others to keep our residents safe and have really stuck to it.

“Even during the snow, some of them were sleeping at each other’s houses to help them get to work the next day.

“I’m so incredibly proud of them all.”

The team have been nominated for Carers of the Year at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

“On behalf of the team, we’re absolutely thrilled to be nominated for this. It’ll hopefully be a nice boost for everyone.

“We’ve only been open for around four years, and in that time we’ve made close bonds and become a second family.

“Our residents are our top priority and we do everything to make sure they’re safe.”