COURAGEOUS Donna Wyatt has multiple sclerosis – but that doesn’t stop her making a big difference to patients’ lives.
She leads a 30-strong team of carers at her company Admiral Care Homes, which visits disabled and vulnerable residents in Portsmouth, Havant and Portchester.
As reported, Donna, of Old Rectory Road, Farlington, was struck down with the inflammatory disease in 2011 – but she refused to give up her job because she is passionate about helping the people she meets on a daily basis.
She juggles her duties with looking after her five children Katherine, 26, Jack, 25, Kristina, 22, Harry, 17, and Kaitlyn, 15, at home.
Donna also looks after her grandson Theo.
And it’s thanks to her commitment and incredible determination that she was crowned the winner of the We Can Do It Service with a Smile category.
Donna, 46, wasn’t able to attend the event because she was working, so The News went to her workplace this week and presented her with a trophy.
Talking about her win, Donna said: ‘I am absolutely astounded.
‘No-one told me they had nominated me for it.
‘It’s nice to know someone appreciates the work that I do.
‘But it’s not just about me.
‘I couldn’t do this without my family and staff, so this award is for all of them too.’
Jack, Kristina, Harry and Donna’s husband Derek, 56, also help out for Admiral Care Homes, and Donna said she couldn’t do her job without everyone’s incredible support.
Donna said: ‘My family are always there for me.
‘I have clients who have MS the same age as me, and I look at those people and think about how lucky I am.
‘It could be a lot worse for me.
‘Being a mum-of-five and a grandmother, I am very active and busy all the time.
‘I just like making a difference to our people’s lives.
‘By doing the work I do, I hope I am doing that.’
Donna said that because of her condition, a lot of days are a struggle – but she feels inspired by the strength of clients who visit the company’s day centre.
‘Things have been a struggle recently,’ she said.
‘Tiredness is the main thing.
‘But whenever I walk up there I see the smiles on people’s faces.’