A mum from Northampton who is an unpaid round-the clock carer for three members of her family has won a county award.
Usha Vaghela, of Northampton, has been given the top prize in the Northamptonshire Carers Awards for her positive attitude.
Her citation said: “She is an outstanding woman who supports her parents with mobility and personal care, she also takes care of her five-year-old son, who has Down’s syndrome.
“She always remains positive and her vision is to ensure that all her family members are happy, then she is happy herself.”
In addition to the difference they make to the lives of their loved ones, it is estimated that carers save health and social services around £120 billion a year nationally, an average of £18,473 per carer.
One in 10 people are carers and there are known to be about 70,000 in Northamptonshire alone.
The other category winner from Northampton, in the Best School Supporting Carers category was Queen Eleanor Primary Academy, in Delapre.
Its citation said: “The school gives carers the opportunity to talk to someone about their caring role and how they feel. They go out of their way to make accommodations to support carers.”
Young Carer of the Year was Natasha Krywalk, of Rushden; the Best GP Practice Supporting Carers was Parklands Surgery, in Rushden; and the Best School Staff Supporting Young Carers was Joanna Ellis, maths teacher and Deputy Head of year 9 of The Ferrers School, Higham Ferrers.