Mother of Gorleston footballer Ryan Harman honoured for her care
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The mother of well-known Gorleston footballer Ryan Harman, has been recognised for the 24 hour care she provided after her son was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Kim Ross, 56, has been recognised in the British Caregiver Awards for her the work she did to support her son before he passed away in February at the age of 35.
Ryan was diagnosed in 2013 and his mum gave up work to become his carer, and moved into a council property that could accommodate Ryan and all the equipment he needed. She cared for Ryan 24 hours a day in his final months.
Kim said: 'I am shocked about being chosen and a little upset as it brings it all home to me. But I'm also grateful to have the award, it means a lot.'
She is keen to raise awareness of the emotional and financial support needed for MND sufferers and their families.
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Her friend Donna Howsen, 39, nominated her for the award. She said: 'I am very proud of Kim. She really deserved recognition for what she did for Ryan. She is still in shock at the news of winning a recognition award and is very humbled by it. She is delighted with the trophy, too.'
Chair of the judging panel Simon Trott said: 'We knew from our research, and through our work helping people who have suffered a personal injury, that unpaid carers face enormous challenges, many of them carrying out their caring role seven days a week without a break for months and even years.
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'We were very moved to hear about Kim's support for Ryan throughout his illness and final days. Her total dedication to him was abundantly clear.'
To find out more about the National Accident Helpline British Caregiver Award, visit: www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/british-caregiver-award