Carer honoured with top award

142517a'Scarborough and Ryedale carers Resource Chief Officer Elizabeth McPherson presents the Marsh carers award to Chris Elliot'Picture by Neil Silk'18/06/14

142517a'Scarborough and Ryedale carers Resource Chief Officer Elizabeth McPherson presents the Marsh carers award to Chris Elliot'Picture by Neil Silk'18/06/14

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A Scarborough man has been awarded a top regional prize for helping to support carers.

Chris Elliott, pictured, received the Marsh Award for Carers for the County of North Yorkshire and is one of nine regional winners

The award recognises volunteers who are unpaid carers or former carers, and are providing support to other carers in addition to their own responsibilities.

Elizabeth McPherson (left), chief officer at Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, nominated Chris.

She said: “Chris has been an outstanding volunteer for us over the past three years. As well as looking after his mum full-time he has kindly given his free time when he can to help and become one of our carer representatives.

“Throughout his time with the Young Adult Carer Project, Chris’s confidence and self-esteem have widely improved and he illustrates this in everything he does.

“Chris has not only become a fantastic and committed volunteer, but will more than happily stand up in front of a room full of professionals and carers alike and share his personal story of how he came to be a family carer. This is a well-deserved award and we are all delighted for Chris.” 142517a