Staff at Helping Hands Community Care, the largest independent home care organisation operating in Tyne Valley and across Northumberland, have been honoured with a ‘Community Champion’ award from their local MP.
Hexham branch manager Pam Smith and the team recently received the award from MP Guy Opperman for services to the community.
Smith and her team were nominated for going above and beyond during the pandemic, continuing to provide home care, meals, essential shopping, and overnight care to vulnerable people living in local communities in and around the Hexham area.
Guy Opperman MP said: “It was fantastic to recognise the brilliant work of Pam and the whole Helping Hands team who have been nominated for this award by the community. Their work has helped to support the most vulnerable throughout this terrible pandemic.”
David Harrison, MD of Helping Hands, said: “The last year and a half has been unlike any other situation or crisis the organisation has faced. The stress on the support team and families we support has been constant.
“I am so proud of how everyone across the organisation has stepped up to meet this challenge. The MP’s Community Champion Award is a lovely way for the staff to get some recognition and ‘thank you’ from the communities they serve.”
Commenting on her achievement, Smith said: “It has been a very challenging period due to the Covid pandemic, however, it is greatly appreciated that the community have recognised the continued hard work that Helping Hands staff have provided throughout this difficult time.”
Caption: From left – Yasmin Ryan and Pam Smith of Helping Hands, with MP Guy Opperman.