A Sheffield nurse has been nominated for an award that recognises her dedication to new mums in the region.
Family nurse Paige Simpson received the nomination for a Real World Parenting Award from a local mum, who described her as showing ‘outstanding compassion’
The mum, whose chose to keep her nomination anonymous, said: “I’m a young mum and Paige made me feel like I was just a mum and that age didn’t matter.
“When my little girl was born, Paige did the role of health visitor but went above and beyond, I saw her every couple of weeks, even if we just sat and had a chat. She invited me to baby groups because she knew I’d been having trouble getting out of the house. She’s honestly the most caring person I’ve met and made my life so much easier, helping me better myself, and helping me to be an amazing mum to my little girl and I can’t thank her enough for that.”
The Real World Parenting Awards recognises people who go above and beyond to support new parents during the first year - a time that can be stressful for many, with as many as 20 per cent of new mums suffering mental health issues in the first year.
Paige, who works at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, said: “I’ve been working as a nurse for over 30 years and it’s been a really rewarding career; I honestly love working in the community and this nomination has come as such a lovely surprise.”
Dr Richard Stevens, who will lead the judging panel for the awards, added: “Becoming a parent for the first time isn’t easy and the encouragement families receive from their GP or health visitor can make all the difference.”
The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in November.