Worcestershire County Council are proud sponsors of this year’s Worcestershire Health and Social Care Awards; recognising and appreciating the huge difference health care workers make in people’s lives, every minute of every day.
In total 250 nominations were submitted across 11 categories and after much thought and consideration, a panel of judges has decided on three finalists for each of the categories.
A Worcestershire County Council care worker, who sadly died of Covid-19 early this year, has been nominated posthumously and is one of the finalists in the Domiciliary Care Worker category.
Jackie Edwards was a ‘Promoting Independence Assistant’ and domiciliary care worker, who supported and cared for very poorly people who had recently been discharged from hospital. She was described by those who knew her as an angel, with a great bedside manner.
Jackie’s husband, Frank said: “We are completely overwhelmed that Jackie has been nominated and has made it to the final 3. We are so proud of her and have been touched by the love and good wishes from all her colleagues. As her husband I knew Jackie was an amazing carer, she went above and beyond to help the people she looked after. She was so dedicated to her work, it was her top priority, not before me but not that far behind!”
Debbie Bell, Registered Care Manager, Worcestershire County Council said: “Jackie was a loyal and committed individual who would light up a room when she entered.
“She had been with the Council since 2003 and nothing was ever too much trouble for her, she was conscientious, selfless, and loved her job. If you were to ever describe the perfect care worker, it would be Jackie.
“She worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, wearing the correct PPE and doing everything possible to protect the people she cared for, herself and her family.
“Jackie fell ill and was admitted to hospital and one week later was put into an induced coma. She appeared to be rallying and managed to have a FaceTime call with her husband Frank on their forty-third wedding anniversary, but sadly, she took a turn for the worse the following day and died a few days later.”
A collection organised by colleagues raised over £1000 and a memorial bench has been installed in the Countryside Centre in Worcester.
The winners of this year’s Worcestershire Health and Social Care Awards will be announced at a virtual ceremony broadcast live on the Newsquest website and social media channels on Thursday, 27 May. To view the event, follow this link: