An “inspirational” woman who heads a team supporting thousands of unpaid carers across Leeds is the latest nominee in the YEP’s Best of Health Awards.
Val Hewison, chief executive officer of Carers Leeds, has been put forward in the unsung hero category.
Carers Leeds supports more than 7,500 unpaid carers in the city and Val was nominated for her constant desire to reach out to more people.
Her nomination form said: “To say she is dedicated and committed does not give due justice to the hours upon hours of time, spirit and soul she so humbly gives to these people.
“When asked what troubles her the most, what keeps her up at night, it is her wanting always to do more – worried for the ones that need support but Carers Leeds don’t know about or aren’t in touch with.
“She’s incredible and inspirational.”
Val said she was surprised and very flattered to be nominated, but didn’t feel like a hero.
“This gives credibility to the amazing contribution of carers in Leeds, because as much as I am delighted to be nominated, the real heroes are the everyday people who are caring for family and friends, day in and day out, without recognition and often without support,” she said.
“There is no way I could do my job, and represent carers’ voices, without a fantastically dedicated team of staff and volunteers, who all share the same beliefs, values and vision. Thank you for this honour and this encouragement. I am most appreciative.”
There’s still plenty of time to nominate health heroes in the other eight categories.
We want to hear about fantastic pharmacists, amazing opticians and dedicated doctors as well as top nurses, teams, carers, dentists and midwives.
The awards are sponsored by West Yorkshire health cash plan firm Sovereign Health Care for the second year running. A shortlist will be announced shortly after the closing date of October 2.