Last year, Roscommon Man, Vincent Callaghan, was nominated Carer of the Year for acting as a full-time carer for two of hisRed Cross Carer of the Year Award269 children for nearly four decades. Vincent received the award from the Irish Red Cross at a ceremony held at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. Vincent’s son Gabriel and daughter Noreen, who both have special needs, rely on him for their everyday needs; preparing their meals, looking after their personal hygiene and helping them eat.

Vincent was nominated for the annual award by his daughter Christina, who said, “All who meet [Vincent] are sure to say that he always has a smile on his face and is in good form”.  Vincent himself has a condition which affects his immune system but he carries on regardless of how tired it makes him.  “Making sure Gabriel and Noreen are always safe and cared for in the comfort of their own home”, says Christina.

A typical day for Vincent starts bright and early, providing breakfast and assisting with hygiene needs.  He makes sure lunches are ready and everyone is on time for day services. Vincent then helps out in the community, taking neighbours to fetch groceries or even helping with farming emergencies. At the end of the day Vincent finally sits down to watch the nine-o-clock news, “or falls asleep during it. 

Today, there are more than 180,000 people, over 4% of the total population, currently providing unpaid care in Ireland. The Irish Red Cross is calling for Ireland to celebrate its unpaid Carers by nominating them for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Carer of the Year Award. The award is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care. 

To Nominate a Carer for the  2017 carers award, click: http://bit.ly/2w2sRsy

Nominations should be returned by Thursday 31st August. The winner will be announced in November and the 2017 national winner will receive a cash prize and luxury hotel break.

For more information, contact 01 642 4600