National award for Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire

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A CAMBRIDGESHIRE charity that supports carers has received an award at a glittering national ceremony.

Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire, the leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for in Cambridgeshire, was acknowledged at The Charity Awards, winning the Effectiveness award.

Principle dancer at the Royal Ballet, Edward Watson presented the winner’s trophy to Dr Helen Brown (chief executive) at the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Charity Awards, organised by Civil Society Media, recognised Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire for developing GP Carers Services Prescription in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire and GPs.

The innovative scheme improves carer recognition within GP surgeries and offers information or a break for carers of any age, including young carers.

Dr Brown said: “To have been able to play a key part in developing innovative services for carers in Cambridgeshire, in partnership with health and social care colleagues is hugely rewarding and winning such a prestigious award is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved.

“We’re thrilled to have won the Effectiveness award and it’s wonderful to know that the work we are doing is being appreciated.”

The Charity Awards is the highest profile event in the charity calendar. Awards are presented in 10 categories with each of the winning charities having been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn.

In addition to the category winners, awards were also presented to The HALO Trust (Overall winner) and Dame Fiona Reynolds of The National Trust (Outstanding leadership).