As the waters recede after the horrific flooding across the region, I wanted to pay tribute to a group of unsung heroes who rarely get the recognition they deserve.
The emergency services have quite rightly been highly praised for the wonderful work they have done in recent weeks in rescuing and protecting people from the floods and we applaud their efforts.
But I also want to praise the carers, paid and unpaid and from private companies, charities, local authorities and the NHS, who have been battling through the atrocious weather to provide care either to people in their own home or in residential or day care settings.
They have recognised that people’s care needs don’t stop because the floods come. In many cases, particularly for those needing support at home, those care needs become greater because bad weather can exacerbate isolation and loneliness.
For many people, the knock on the door from a carer can be vital and at times the only human contact a person has in a day.
To all those carers, who fought through the weather to ensure care continued, we say ‘thank you’ to you all.
Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire)