A woman who has dedicated ten years to caring for children has won a special award.
Debbie Nolan Plunkett from Chorley scooped the prestigious award of being named Lancashire Woman of the Year 2013 at a glittering celebration of women and presented the award from newsreader, Annabel Tiffin.
Debbie, a Children’s Service Manager for Barnardo’s scooped the prestigious honour at the event in Blackburn that celebrates a woman who has selflessly given her time, effort and hard work to her chosen cause.
The foster carer manages the Include me 2 service in Preston which provides support for over 200 disabled children and their families across central Lancashire.
Her nomination for the award came from Barnardo’s Assistant Director, Paul Wilcox who was full of praise for her selfless work for the children she works with, many of which have severe disabilities.
Assistant Director for Barnardo’s North West, Paul Wilcox said: “I am delighted for Debbie that her hard work and commitment to so many disabled children in the area has been recognised.
“She is also extremely motivating with her staff and shares her knowledge and skills readily with others.
“We are all very proud of her.”
Debbie, alongside her husband, Ian, has been a dedicated foster carer over the last ten years.
They have fostered 12 children in total and have also adopted their two daughters and son.
Debbie said: “I am humbled and thrilled to be awarded the Lancashire Woman of the Year 2013.
“None of the work our service does would be possible without the fantastic support and dedication from our staff.
“This award is for all of them too.
She continued: “I am particularly proud of the participation work that our service does including the running of POWAR for children with disabilities and LINX for looked after children.
“These groups have been set up to give young people a voice and to ensure they are consulted about all aspects of the service they receive from the local authority.
“It also allows children and young people the opportunity to raise issues and concerns about things that really matter to them.
“I am extremely grateful for this award and feel truly honoured to be recognised in this way.”
To find out how you can get involved visit it www.barnardos.org.uk.