FAMILY Carers in Cork won the top prize at the Lord Mayor’s Civic, Community and Voluntary awards and dedicated it to carers all over Ireland.
Peter Cox, Centre manager of the Cork branch of Family Carers Ireland on Tuckey Street, said the award was recognition of the hard work of carers in every town, city and village in the country.
He said it was “very special” to win the award. “We are accepting this award on behalf of all carers.
“Carers get very little recognition for the work that they do and this is one way of acknowledging them.
“We are very proud of this award on behalf of all carers.” The Cork sector of Family Carers Ireland was selected as the overall winner from a total of 179 nominations across 87 groups.
The charity organisation offers a range of services and supports to family carers.
Peter, who spent over 14 years working with the Simon community in Cork as a project manager, said he enjoys his job because of the people he deals with.
“I am privileged to work with these people. When you see the work that these people do, it is amazing.
“You have no choice but to get involved.” Speaking to other members of the organisation after the win, the volunteers were full of praise for Mr Cox who was hailed at the glue that keeps the whole network together.
“Peter Cox is our hero,” said Lillian Canniffe, “He is so helpful and willing and always in good humour.
“He takes nothing for granted and we would all be lost without him.”