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Three members of staff to be recognised as local heroes 

Three members of Trust staff will be recognised tonight as local heroes at the Yorkshire Coast Radio Awards.  

Ann Kelly, Community Maternity Support Worker at Scarborough Hospital, was nominated for a Yorkshire Coast Radio Local Hero Award by one of her patients, Helen Clark, after she struggled to breastfeed her newborn son.

Ann is a finalist in The Customer Service Award category which honours people who have shown exceptional customer service within their work, and gone the extra mile.

Helen said in her nomination: “Ann was so kind and patient with me in my hour of need and was an absolute rock at a very difficult time. She kept coming out regularly until we had a good feeding routine established.

“Nine months on I am still breastfeeding my son, who is thriving, but without the care and support from Ann this wouldn’t have been possible. I’ve spoken to many new mums and everyone who’s come into contact with Ann sings her praises.”

Carol Popplestone, a Macmillan nurse fromScarborough Hospital, is a finalist in the Parent and Guardian Award.

Carol, who is Nan to four and Mum to three, was nominated by her daughter Megan who wrote in her nomination: “My mum drives me to Barnsley every Saturday for Irish dancing. She puts so much effort into our lives. She is the most inspirational person in my life and I would love to have a job like hers or to be like her. I love her so much. My mum is one in a billion.”

While Andrew Askew who works in the pharmacy at Scarborough Hospital is a finalist in the Bravery Award. He was nominated by his wife Lisa.

In 2007, Lisa was diagnosed with cervical cancer and given a 50/50 chance of survival. Lisa said “Andrew was my rock throughout my treatment. It shattered our dreams of having a family, leaving me infertile. He was there for me each and every day, by my side, holding my hand when I wanted to give up and couldn’t find the strength to fight. Whilst everyone was focusing on me, they forgot about the other people around me. He was a pillar of strength, holding everything together. He is the brave one, not me. I want to thank him, as I don’t feel I have ever said it enough. We are coming up to our 10th wedding anniversary this year and I am coming up to seven years in remission.”

Good luck to Ann, Carol and Andrew!

25 April 2014

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