British aged employee Alison Hartley wins Lancashire Telegraph Carer of the Year award

A SERVICE manager who went the extra mile during the lockdown won Carer of the Year at the 2021 Lancashire Telegraph Community Heroes Awards, sponsored by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

We have asked you to name people who have stepped up to the plate during the Covid pandemic and have shown incredible courage and selflessness in helping others.

We had plenty of entries in our various categories and the winners are announced in the days leading up to a Celebratory Supplement in the Lancashire Telegraph on December 16th.

And the winner of the Nursing Assistant of the Year category, sponsored by Chapelhouse, left the judges in deep admiration.

The volunteer who ran online exercise classes for the elderly and worked in a friendship service during the lockdown inspired many.

Alison Hartley, 50, is an Active Aging Services Manager at Age UK in Blackburn with Darwen where she worked for 20 years.

During periods of confinement, Alison, of Darwen, took much more charge, setting up “keep fit” and “tai chi” classes on Zoom, leading herself to stay in shape, while tai chi tutors have taken other courses.

Alison has also been on Age UK’s Friendship Hotline, chatting with older people on the phone and offering to do their shopping and groceries during their lockdown.

She said: “It was vital to do this – absolutely vital.

“It was a lifeline for some people. I am devastated that I won – I feel like the organization should win the award as a whole.

“We all worked to make sure people were ok with their purchases, by collecting their prescriptions and just chatting on the phone.

“Some people weren’t talking to anyone week to week, month to month in some cases.

“I will share this award with all of my colleagues to recognize everyone’s efforts. ”

Sharon Lucas, Prevention and Wellness Manager at Age UK Blackburn with Darwen, said: “Alison worked extremely hard during Covid to encourage and support people to continue to stay physically active by hosting exercise sessions in online and producing videos.

“She has played her role within the wider team to provide much-needed support, including emergency relief calls and purchases for some of the most vulnerable seniors throughout the pandemic.” .

The person who named Alison said, “She is always cheerful, compassionate and exudes happiness.

“Alison is more than deserving of an award for her constant desire to keep the elderly active, in normal times, but especially in these difficult times, when it is frightening for the elderly to suddenly find themselves cut off from the world and their activities reduced. ”

Highly commended for the award goes to Purple Patch, Blackburn, a team that worked throughout the lockdown to help people with disabilities in the county.

They are passionate about defending the rights of people with disabilities and strive to ensure that adults and children with additional needs, health issues or disabilities can lead real and fulfilling lives, fully integrated into their homes. , their school, their workplace and their community.

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