A kind-hearted Donegal mother has been honoured as the Donegal Carer of the Year 2017.
Kathleen McBride from Dunfanaghy cares for her son Martin, aged 20, who lives with Down Syndrome. Kathleen has been with him through major health challenges including open heart surgery and a stroke.
Nominations for Kathleen described her as a lovely lady who looks after her son with pride. She is considered a great friend and is always there to help other carers and listen with an open heart.
Kathleen was presented with her award yesterday in the Westin Hotel Dublin by broadcasters Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy, who are both Patrons of Family Carers Ireland.
The CarePlus Pharmacy Carer of the Year 2017 awards celebrated and acknowledges the wonderful work that all carers do, and the incredible contribution all carers make to Irish society.
One in twenty people in Ireland today is a family carer, collectively providing €10 billion in unpaid care each year. Family Carers Ireland estimate there are 360,000 family carers.
Paula Robinson from County Cavan was named as Ireland’s overall Carer of the Year. Paula (48), a mum of two, provides round-the-clock, full-time care for both her parents. Her mother Mary (87) and has Alzheimer’s disease and her dad Jimmy (92) is living with Bowel Cancer.
Catherine Cox, Family Carers Ireland said: “We host these awards to recognise the huge contribution of our family carers and young carers. It is fantastic to be here today and see 30 carers from counties across Ireland represented to celebrate with their families.
“We really appreciate the support of our new sponsor, CarePlus Pharmacy, and are very proud to announce Paula Robinson as our Carer of the Year 2017.”