JUDGES were touched by heartwarming nominations for Donna Wyatt.
She walked away as the winner of the Carer of the Year category at The News’ Best of Health Awards 2011.
Modest Donna, who last year set up her own firm Admiral Care, which provides domiciliary care, said she was surprised at her nomination and for being awarded the top prize.
She said: ‘I’m shocked to be honest.
‘I still felt a lot of the people here deserved the award more than I did, but I’m really happy to have won.
‘I also want to say thank you to those people who nominated me.
‘Caring is what I’m good at and I love doing what I do.’
Donna has been a carer for 27 years.
She started working when she was aged 18, and since then has always been in the field.
Retail salesman Graham Burge, 57, put Donna forward for our annual health awards because he believes she saved his mother’s life twice.
From Donna’s observation and care, she was able to pick up that Rosa Booker, 79, had been on the wrong medication and helped detect a heart problem.
Graham, of Walmer Road, Fratton, had called Donna ‘an amazing person’ and that he ‘cannot thank her enough for the help and support she gives’.
The runner-up prize went to Sijin Jacob, of Call for Care.
He was nominated for being an extremely good carer, being efficient, cheerful and never grumpy.