There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Samantha Rowley was named Carer of the Year.
She was nominated in this category, which is sponsored by Spire Methley Park Hospital, for the way she has dedicated her life to members of her family.
The audience heard how Samantha, from Leeds, has this year this year been caring for her mum, who has myeloma, having moved house so she can be look after her at all times.
She has also had the house fully adapted to make it accessible for her brother and has worked “all hours” getting the home ready for her family, but has never complained.
The judging panel were very impressed with all her efforts and said it was clear she was an incredibly caring person.
Samantha was overwhelmed to be named winner of the award for all her efforts.
After the presentation, she said: “It’s quite a shock and everybody in this category deserves it.”
She also thanked her best friend, who nominated her, for the massive amount of support she provides.
The judges were so impressed by the entries in this category that they also awarded Jean Lumley the runners-up prize. She cares for her husband who has dementia and other health problems, and even started driving again at the age of 82.
The other shortlisted nominee was Eddie Leeson, who nursed his wife at home through a terminal illness, and is now an inspiration to his two sons.