The mother of a disabled girl from Bushey has been nominated for an award by national disability charity Sense.
Satnam Kaur has been shortlisted in the Carer of the Year category in recognition of the support she gives to her daughter Gurpreet who has complex disabilities.
Judges also commented on her campaigning efforts against the closure of her local respite centre Nascot Lawn.
As a single mother of three and lone carer for her daughter Gurpreet, Nascot Lawn Respite Centre was Satnam’s only time she would have a break from caring and a time when she could pay special attention to her other two children, Amy and Ekraj.
However, a year ago she received news that the centre was to be closed.
Alongside other parents she fought tirelessly to keep the service open and started a legal battle collecting over 15,000 signatures in support.
Satnam said: “I am so humbled and honoured to have been nominated and to even have been shortlisted. In the real essence Gurpreet, Amy and Ekraj are my pure inspiration. To see Gurpreet bravely battle each surgery and the sheer never ending courage and zest she has, has inspired me to give her every opportunity I can to fulfil her potential.
“Nascot Lawn was a diamond of a service. Gurpreet flourished under it, as did Amy, Ekraj and I, as we had a much needed break from caring. The campaign run by the Nascot families is phenomenal and I really hope it has encouraged other families around the country and also highlighted, nationally, the importance of continued funding between health and social care for these vital services. Thank you to Sense for their continual support!”
Sense Chief Executive, Richard Kramer, said:
“Satnam is not only a fantastic mother and carer, she has also become a real advocate for families with disabled children. She has been incredibly tenacious and positive throughout her campaigning and we wish her the best of luck for this year’s award ceremony.”
The annual Sense Awards, now in their 15th year will take place on Thursday September 20 at TouchBase Pears in Birmingham, and will be hosted by BBC presenter Nikki Fox.
The awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers that support them.