Jackie has shown great dedication

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THE search for the heroes in our health service has now reached a new stage.

The Best of Health awards judges have drawn up the shortlists for the many categories and the Hartlepool Mail will be featuring stories on some of the people in the running for prizes.

Today, we take a look at a carer who has been hailed for showing “unparalleled commitment, devotion and dedication.”

Jackie Kitching is an inspiration to others.

That’s the view of Kathleen Smith who put forward the popular carer for a best of Health award.

But it came as a complete surprise to Jackie who said: “I am totally speechless.”

Jackie has worked in the care industry for 15 years and has been at Sheraton Court for five of them.

She said: “I am honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award but without the support and encouragement from management and fellow work colleagues I would not be able to do it alone.

“I have been working in the care industry for around 15 years, five of which have been at Sheraton Court.

“I have loved the new challenge at Sheraton Court as previously I worked in home care.

“When I was told about the nomination I was totally speechless as I feel that I am only doing my job, I feel that all staff at Sheraton Court should be recognised for doing such a special and worthy job.”

Kathleen nominated Jackie for an award for the help she gave to her mum who became a resident of the home.

Kathleen said: “Jackie helped her settle quickly and provided the reassurance my mum so badly needed.”

She praised the “insignificant things” that Jackie did for her mum and added: “She even makes sure my mam has her favourite perfume on, and the love in my mum’s eyes when she sees Jackie says it all.”

Jackie added: “All residents at Sheraton Court are special to me in their own little ways and I thoroughly enjoy looking after them.”

We’ll be bringing you more stories on some of the shortlisted contenders in the coming days as a taster of the standard of entries in the competition.

The stories published are no indication of whether or not the entrant has won the category.