Carers from across Northamptonshire have been honoured for the fantastic contribution they make to our county at the annual Jane Roebuck Carers Awards.

The prestigious awards ceremony at Barton Hall, Kettering, recognised the commitment, hard work and selflessness of carers – and also provided an opportunity for them to enjoy an occasion dedicated solely to them.

As many as one in eight adults are carers in the UK and there are more than 70,000 known carers in Northamptonshire alone.

Among this year’s award winners were Young Carer of the Year Saffron Bannard, Carer of the Year Paul Nichols and Louise Willis, who secured the Shining Star Award.

Mark Major, CEO of Northamptonshire Carers, said: “The awards were a great success and we were absolutely thrilled that so many people put forward nominations. Carers do a vital job and these awards help raise their profile and awareness of the amazing work these people do, often in extremely challenging circumstances. While we have only awarded some of the nominees with awards, it must be known that all carers are winners and the work they do for others is extremely valuable.”

Special guests honouring the contribution of carers at the awards ceremony included the Mayor of Kettering, councillors, MPs, players from Northampton Town FC and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, health and social care professionals and local businesses.

Our county’s dedicated carers were honoured at the Jane Roebuck Carers Awards