A Hemel Hempstead manager who works in the health and social care, has been given a Lifetime Achievement award for her 50 years’ commitment to social care.
Paula Hayes, co-Founder of CARE4U2DAY, has worked in the field since she was 19 years old, where her hard work has now been recognised during this year’s Hertfordshire Community Awards.
She was nominated by all her care team, clients, client’s families all-round the world, and by the NHS.
Her husband Paul said: “It’s very hard to explain what Paula does day in day out, she is so focussed on how people are cared for that she forgets about herself.
“Her family of two sons and three daughters are so honoured and humbled that their mother has been awarded for her services to social care.”
Paul mentioned he has also nominated Paula for the 2021, Queens honours awards.
In 2010 Paula opened the family business, where she wanted to solely focus on quality care.
Since then she has worked non-stop for the last 10 years, and has never taken any holidays.
He added: “In 2013 Paula cared for him for 12 months, following a work spinal injury, however she never moaned, she just carried on and was getting up at 5am to also care for others, and was not getting home till 10pm every day. Even to a point that she did all her training in the middle of the night.”
Since then Paul had no choice but to get involved in the family business, and now their youngest daughter has joined the business, so that she could take some of the pressure away from her mum.
She was surprised on receiving the phone call announcing she had won; it was the look on her face that everyone supported her nomination.