Life-saving carers surprised by award

Members of Hartlepool Carers who attended the Best of Health Awards. Left to right, Natalie Craggs, Sheila Simmons, Elizabeth Carroll, of category sponsor IntraHealth, Ruby Marshall, Jan Hollis and Jean Hatch

Members of Hartlepool Carers who attended the Best of Health Awards. Left to right, Natalie Craggs, Sheila Simmons, Elizabeth Carroll, of category sponsor IntraHealth, Ruby Marshall, Jan Hollis and Jean Hatch

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MODEST carers who saved a grieving couple from suicide have spoken of their surprise at picking up a prestigious award.

The Hartlepool Carers team was honoured at the Hartlepool Mail’s Best of Health Awards for saving the lives of distraught Eveline and Kenneth Waring who planned to take their own lives after their disabled daughter Katie died suddenly in hospital.

They say they were only saved by the constant support and help given by the charitable Hartlepool Carers organisation whose staff guided them through their darkest days.

The couple told yesterday how they contemplated suicide after Katie, 19, died in the University Hospital of Hartlepool last December after being rushed in with a suspected chest infection.

In recognition of the help they received, Eveline, 52 and Kenneth, 58, of Tintagel Close, Hartlepool, nominated the carers for the Best of Health Awards and they picked up a top award at a ceremony at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield.

In their nomination they wrote: “We owe our lives to them.”

Thirteen awards were handed out at the ceremony after the Mail teamed up with NHS Hartlepool and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to honour the unsung heroes of healthcare.

After picking up the glass trophy the five-strong team from Hartlepool Carers that attended the black-tie evening event collectively told the Mail they were “honoured” to have been put forward.

They said: “It was fantastic of Eveline and Kenneth to nominate us.

“We are surprised, but are also delighted and honoured to have won this award which is dedicated to the whole team at Hartlepool Carers.

“It does inspire you and it is fantastic that someone would take the time to put you forward.”

In yesterday’s Mail we carried a picture of the carers receiving their award which was wrongly captioned with the names of nurses who won a different category.

We apologise to both the carers and the nurses from the Chemotherapy Day Unit whose names appeared with the picture.

l A 16-page souvenir supplement will appear in the Mail on Tuesday with details of every winner and a host of pictures from the evening.