A carer from Dailly has landed a prestigious award which highlights the service she provides to her clients in the area.
Helen McCulloch won the Carer of the Year award at the Scottish Care awards in a glamorous ceremony held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.
Helen admitted she didn’t even know there was such a thing as the care awards.
She said: “I really didn’t expect this. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the care awards, but then my work phoned me to tell me I was in the final shortlist.
“It’s quite overwhelming and I was shocked when I won.
“I was standing on stage and I said to one of the other nominees I hope you win so I didn’t even hear my name being announced.
“It was a glamorous night and something when your from Dailly and working in Girvan that I’m not used to.”
Helen cared for clients including Girvan’s Margaret Sutor who passed away in December last year aged 102.
Margaret’s daughter, also Margaret, nominated Helen after seeing the care she provided for her mother.
“We were so lucky to have Helen as my Mum’s carer, you really don’t find people like her and she made it so much easier for me and my Mum.
“I’m delighted Helen won the award and it was lovely to share in the moment with her on the night and it was really quite emotional.
“She cares so much for her clients and this awards is very much deserved.”
Helen is a carer with Constance Care which has an office in Ayr, and insist on the highest standards of care for their clients in the home.
They were celebrating a double success on the night with Angela Dick winning the management and leadership category.
That followed a major success last year when owner of Constance Care Rosalind Carr picked up the lifetime achievement award.
Helen added: “This is good news not just me but for all of the carers in the Girvan area.
“Carers often get a bad name in the press so hopefully this will be a boost to us.”
The awards were judged by Marcia Ramsay from Leonard Cheshire disability, Chris Bruce at Lead on Outcomes and Dr Anne Hendry, National Clinical Lead for Integrated Care at the Joint Improvement team.