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Lambeth Carer of the Year celebrated at gala event

Abigal Tackie-Yarboi is Lambeth’s Carer of the Year 2011.

Abigail, from Stockwell, was awarded the top prize during a glittering ceremony at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre in Waterloo.

The Carer of the Year award recognises and celebrates the hard work and commitment of people who look after family, partners or friends voluntarily because they are ill, frail or have a disability.

And Abigail, who is a single mum, was recognised for the excellent care she provides to her brother in addition to her three children, one of whom is severely disabled.

Abigail was given £250 in shopping vouchers, two tickets for next year’s London Olympics, a special trophy and a certificate.

Councillor Jim Dickson, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This event is a highlight in Lambeth’s calendar because it recognises some amazing people who give so much and make huge commitments and sacrifices to support people who need it. Every one of those nominated has made an outstanding contribution and deserves our thanks. This was our opportunity to do that.”

The event was attended by around 40 carers and their friends. Everyone nominated took home a certificate, a shopping voucher, a bunch of flowers and enjoyed a cream team and jazz music.

Up and down the UK there are six million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend.

Carers help with personal things like getting someone dressed, turning them in their sleep, helping them to the loo, helping them move about or administering their medication. Carers also help with things like shopping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, filling in forms or managing money.

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