Coffs Harbour carer Cheryl Maclean receives her award from NSW Minister for Ageing John Ajaka (left) and local member Andrew Fraser.
Coffs Harbour carer Cheryl Maclean receives her award from NSW Minister for Ageing John Ajaka (left) and local member Andrew Fraser.

Cheryl's caring touch a symbol to thousands across the state

ALMOST two decades of Cheryl Maclean's dedication to family has not gone unnoticed.

The Coffs Harbour resident received a commendation from NSW Minister for Ageing, John Ajaka MLC, at the 2014 NSW Carer of the Year Awards held in Sydney.

"For the past 17 years Ms Maclean cared for her son, managing his catheter, peg feeding, medications and transport," Mr Ajaka said.

"When he is particularly unwell she helps him with showering and dressing, and pushes his wheelchair.

"He is unable to help around the house, so Cheryl also does all the housework."

The Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said Cheryl's dedication was a fine example of what thousands of carers around the state do every day in their commitment to improve the lives of the people they care for.

"Without carers, many people would not be able to remain living in their own home and participate in their community," Mr Fraser said.

"We all probably know a carer whose unpaid care is essential to the wellbeing of our society and our economy.

"One in 10 people in NSW are carers.

"There are more than 857,000 carers in NSW, including over 100,000 young carers who are younger than 25 years."



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