Prize-winning Donna has healthy love for her job

WINNER Carer of the Year winner Donna Wyatt.  (113306-4060)
WINNER Carer of the Year winner Donna Wyatt. (113306-4060)

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FORMER Best of Health Awards winner Donna Wyatt remembers what a fantastic evening she had when she picked up a prize last year.

The 44-year-old walked away as the winner of our Carer of the Year category.

Donna set up and runs Admiral Care, which supports people in their homes in Portsmouth, Havant and Portchester.

She was put forward by Graham Burge, 58, because he believed she saved his mother’s life twice.

From Donna’s observation and care, she was able to pick up that Rosa Booker, 80, had been on the wrong medication and helped detect a heart problem.

Her story captured the hearts of our judging panel and crowned her as a winner.

Donna, who has been a carer for 28 years, said: ‘The residents I care for were so pleased I had won and said I had deserved it.

‘I like to think I’m still keeping up the good work.

‘I was very pleased to have won and it was a great evening because I had my close friends around me and took time out of a busy schedule for the awards. For me I get up every morning with a smile on my face as it’s such a rewarding job. All the categories had such deserving winners, and I hope this year’s entrants have as much love and passion for their jobs as I have.’

Yesterday we launched our third annual Best of Health Awards 2012.

There are 12 categories, which cover all sectors of the health service, from care in hospitals and surgeries, to care in the community.

To nominate all you have to do is fill in the form and return it back to us.

Once all the nominations are in, a judging panel will draw up a short list, which will be announced in the online and in The News.

The awards night takes place on Friday, September 21, at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

The evening will be hosted by TV presenter Fred Dinenage.

So far five of our 12 categories have sponsors. Any other businesses or organisations which would like to sponsor a category can contact Liz Parker at liz.parker@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2202.