Nick cared for my Dad for a number of years, first whilst my Dad was still at home, then visiting several times a week when he was in a nursing home.
Despite only being two years younger than my Dad, Nick is an incredible force of nature, who gets involved in lots of community projects. It is unusual to see male carers, and especially older male carers, but having a carer close to my Dad's own age meant my Dad and Nick developed a really bond.
Nick would take Dad for drives out to lovely country pubs, and knew the ones with the best beer for my Dad's tastes, and to the seaside for ice-creams in the summer, and trips to the village to grew up to reminsince. He'd show real iniative and understanding selecting activities that Dad would really enjoy (the train museum in Shildon was one Dad mentioned over and over again as particularly memorable) but that were always manageable for him.
As he got less mobile, it would be drives in the countryside with the 50s and 60s hits playing in the car. Even at the end, when my dad was very poorly and unable to speak, his face would light up at hearing Nick's voice.
Nick made a huge difference to my dad's quality of life, and became like an uncle to myself and my brother and sister. He'd text us any concerns (as we all live away), and shore us up in dark moments.
We lost my Dad earlier this year, and Nick was there at the very end saying his goodbyes. A man of real warmth and integrity who fought my Dad's corner and was his voice when he had lost his own. Although a paid carer, this was not a job to Nick and he still keeps in touch every now and again, like texting us on Dad's birthday.
A truly exceptional individual who deserves wider recognition for all that he does for those with dementia and their families.
Nominated by Jenny.
Nick worked for Home Instead.