i-CARE Awards Irish TV Feature
2015 i-CARE National Winners & Finalists
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Clare Healthcare Assistant Honoured With National Award
Robbie Ball Impress Judges With His #myicarestory
Robbie Ball from Ennis in Co. Clare has been honoured with a national award for his work with Bluebird Care. Robbie was named the national winner of Bluebird Care’s i-CARE awards this week.
The company asked its 1,500 carers nationwide to tell their personal story of why they chose a career in care. All entrants were asked submit a video, poem or story to depict their #myicarestory. At a high profile event in Dublin, filmed by Irish TV and to be broadcast on Sky later this month, and presented by broadcaster George Hook, Robbie Ball said he was “humbled and shocked” with his win.
“I cannot thank my colleagues in Bluebird Care in Clare enough for their support. They allow me to do my job diligently and passionately. It’s a job I love and one I get great satisfaction from. My care story was told from the perspective of one of my client’s and the difference that I make to his life on a daily basis. As carers we choose to do this job because we get so much back. This award is an acknowledgement of all the great work my colleagues and I do in every part of Ireland. But I am so proud to represent them and Bluebird Care.”
Kay Leahy, Director of Bluebird Care in Clare congratulated Robbie saying, “As Ireland’s population ages and increases, there will be more demands on homecare companies such as ours to provide quality care in the community. Our healthcare assistants spend thousands of hours in hundreds of homes each week, providing necessary and valuable care to ensure that people of all ages and varying degrees of ability remain in their own homes, and continue to participate in their communities.
“Put simply, we wanted to showcase the great work being done by our Healthcare Assistants in every corner of Clare and indeed Ireland. We hear the feedback from our customer’s about how carers go the extra mile and we thought it was time to shine a light on that commitment, passion and compassion shown day in and day out by our staff.
“So this year we made 2015 ‘The Year of the Carer’ and have honoured our healthcare staff in our i-CARE awards. Robbie is a remarkable person and his care story was told with such depth of feeling. We are delighted for him.”
The external judging panel was made up of:
- Eamon Timmins, CEO Age Action
- Maureen Kavanagh, CEO Active Retirement Ireland
- Stephen Cluskey, Founder GoAccessible365.com
- Susie Hall, Committee Member Alliance of Retired Public Servants
Eamon Timmins described Robbie’s entry as, “a moving and articulate tale of how care changes lives and how the smallest things mean the biggest things for many people who are suffering illness or ability challenges. Robbie is a shining light in the healthcare industry and his story illustrates how important carers are in this country. I, along with my fellow judges would like to congratulate him on his national i-CARE award from Bluebird Care.”
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