A FORMER nurse who now provides vital support for people affected by cancer in Sheffield has been recognised for her outstanding work with a carers' award.
Vicky Brady, who works as a co-ordinator at the Weston Park Cancer Support Centre, received the Caring for Carers award - handed out by Sheffield Carers' Centre and presented to her by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Alan Law.
Before joining the centre - which is mostly funded by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity - Vicky worked as a staff nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Today her job at the Northumberland Road centre is to help people cope with the difficult challenges of caring for someone with cancer through a regular drop-in service and a course focusing on finances, employment and stress.
Vicky said: "I feel so humbled to have been given this award.
"For me it shows all the hard work we put in at the centre really does have a positive effect on people's lives and is a source of encouragement and help.
"The award does not just reflect what I've been doing but also the work of a great team here at the centre. Although we support anyone affected by cancer, carers are often the forgotten heroes in the vital work they do. Caring for someone with cancer can be an extremely stressful task and the team here has done a terrific job in helping people in that role."
Vicky was nominated for the award by Kate Ibbeson, who came to the centre for support when her father was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2009. Vicky supported Kate through the illness and bereavement of her father, and then later her mother as well.
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