A MUM from Wyken is one of five winners in the first ever National Carers Awards.
Catherine Rye, 53, has been honoured after devoting almost half her life for caring for son Sean.
The 26-year-old suffers from epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties and needs round the clock care from his mum.
She has now picked up the award after her moving story was picked out from hundreds of entries by judges from LloydsPharmacy and Carers UK.
Five years ago Catherine was diagnosed with pneumonia which developed into pleurisy. She was admitted to hospital with two collapsed lungs and the family was told to prepare for the worst.
But she pulled through – with help from Sean – and has gone on to help him secure a part-time volunteering position. Sean has even raised money for charity by running two half marathons.
Catherine was handed the award for a lifetime of unpaid work caring for a loved one and was treated to an all expenses paid break in London, staying at a five-star hotel and attending a gala dinner on Tuesday where she was presented with a trophy. She also received £1,000 worth of high street vouchers.
“I was both surprised and honoured to be nominated for this award,” she said.
“I wish to express my gratitude to everyone who made these awards possible, I am thankful beyond words.
“It is really good to know there are people out there who care about carers. I hope these awards will raise awareness of the work of all carers around the country.”