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Care awards celebrate ‘these unsung heroes’

09 February, 2018 — By Ralph Seward

From left, Hibo Farah, Sue Raghip, Mayor Una O’Halloran, Regina Lieber and Rooksanoh Karuntalle

ISLINGTON’S top care workers have been honoured at the Town Hall.

Winners of the seventh annual Dignity in Care Awards were chosen in three categories from more than 70 nominations.

Junior Cofarrier, from London Care, and Hibo Farah, from Mayfair Homecare, were winners in the domiciliary care category.

Sue Raghip, from St Anne’s, won the residential and nursing care category. Regina Lieber and Rooksanoh Karuntalle, from Notting Hill Housing Group, took prizes in the extra care category, and there was a special commendation for Myra Smyth in the shared lives section.

All were recognised for going the extra mile to provide excellent care and support to Islington’s most vulnerable residents, many of whom nominated their carers.

One service user said her nominee, Ms Karuntalle, “treats me with respect because she understand this is my home.

“She will sit down and talk with me, help me to write letters to my family, make phone calls, and go to any length to help me with anything I want.”

Ms Farah said: “I was amazed when they said I had won, because there are so many other care workers all doing such a fantastic job. Caring for vulnerable people is a big responsibility, so to get recognition for it is really special.”

Councillor Janet Burgess, part of the judging panel, presented awards alongside Islington Mayor Una O’Halloran last Thursday.

She said that “far too often, the inspirational work these people do is unseen and overlooked. It’s crucial that we take the opportunity to celebrate these unsung heroes.”

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