Nominate your Carer of the Year
Carers in county Cork give more than 511,000 hours unpaid care to the county's sick, elderly and vulnerable each week, according to the Irish Red Cross.
Taking 2011 census figures, the Red Cross says, of Cork's 22,428 carers, 44% regularly work a minimum of one to 14 hours a week, whilst a further 44% work between 15 and 43 hours a week.
To highlight the work of carers in Cork, the Red Cross is calling for nominations for the 2014 Carer of the Year awards. The awards are open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care.
Four regional winners will be selected before the announcement of the national winner, in October. The 2014 national winner will receive a relaxing hotel break for two and a cash prize.
Irish Red Cross secretary general Donal Forde praised Cork's carers. "Any one of us could find ourselves in need of care assistance, either for ourselves or for a loved one. We must continue to support our Carers in their roles and enable them to create a safe and comfortable environment for themselves and the care recipient," said Mr Forde.
As part of its Health and Social Care programme, the Irish Red Cross offers a range of resources and services for Carer's in Ireland. Services include a Carers Handbook, 'Helping You to Care' course and therapeutic handcare services.
Nomination forms for the Irish Red Cross 2014 Carer of the Year award are available from www.redcross.ie/carer2014 and should be returned no later than Friday, Sept. 5.