Just reward for dedicated carer who provides lifeline service to elderly and vulnerable

Hazel Evans. Picture: EXTRA HANDS

Hazel Evans. Picture: EXTRA HANDS


A carer who runs a lifeline service for the elderly and vulnerable has been presented with an outstanding achievement award for her years of service.

Hazel Evans started Extra Hands with her husband David more than 25 years ago.

Since then they have offered a range of services to Thetford and Brandon residents including dementia care and well-being checks, with Mrs Evans saying: “My passion and drive has always been to raise the profile of social care in Norfolk.”

And that motivation was recognised on Thursday, February 22 at the Norfolk Care Awards 2018 at Sprowston Manor, where she was presented with the Harold Bodmer Outstanding Achievement Award.

“I am absolutely delighted to have won this very special award,” said Mrs Evans.

“To win this accolade is an absolute honour both personally and for my company.

“I am very proud of the outstanding levels of service that Extra Hands has provided over the last 25 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.”

The award was created in memory of the former executive director of Norfolk County Council’s adult social services, who died suddenly in 2016.

Extra Hands, which has now won at the Norfolk Care Awards for the fourth time in five years, was also highly commended in this year’s Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life category.

The company was the first in the county to offer a regular well-being check service, made on as many days of the week as people require.

The service has been designed specifically to help and support family members or neighbours who currently fulfil a caring function but who may need to take a break or whose daily routines make regular visits inconvenient.

The service also brings with it the benefit of regular social interaction, which can so easily be missed by elderly or isolated, as well as those who live alone.

For more information about Extra Hands, visit or call 01485 570611.

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