The amazing winners of the Health Awards revealed as these extraordinary unsung heroes are celebrated

Described as “down-to-earth”, “formidable” and above all, “compassionate”, her colleagues say she is an inspiration to anyone who knows her.

Mary Share has spent almost 50 years nursing in East Yorkshire, a passion and commitment recognised in the Hull Daily Mail’s Health and Care Awards on Thursday night.

In an emotional ceremony held at the Willerby Manor Hotel, she was presented with the Lifetime Contribution Award in recognition of her relentless dedication to her role.She said: “No way was I expecting this. I didn’t know anything about it at all.

“I’m really overwhelmed by what people said to me. I couldn’t do my job without the team around me. They’re all brilliant.

“I first realised I wanted to go into healthcare in 1968. I had about a nine-year gap when I had the children but I’ve been back ever since.

“The best thing about going to work is the people I work with. There’s something different every day and you just don’t know who’ll come through the door. You have a rough idea but you just don’t know what’s going to happen.

“I think the awards are nice. I didn’t expect this to happen, so I’m very honoured.”

The Lifetime Contribution Award was revealed at the culmination of an evening with some of the most inspiring and dedicated people involved in the health and care sector across Hull and East Yorkshire.

Compered by comedian, doctor and ‘Have I Got News For You’ star, Dr Phil Hammond, the evening celebrated the work of individuals, professionals, community groups and charities all involved in improving the health and wellbeing of others.MD Mike Pennington said: “These are always challenging times for the NHS as concerns about funding, performance targets and staff shortages continue to dominate the headlines. Demand for health services rise. Pro rata funding decreases. People grow old – and as our longevity increases so do the problems of an ageing population. “But, what everyone in this room demonstrates tonight, is that despite those huge challenges, the founding principles of the NHS still hold true. Your care. Your patience. Your devotion to duty. Your skills. All deserve to be celebrated.”

Lauren Saunders, who works at Recovery College, winner of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, said: “To win is really great, we’re absolutely speechless. To know that we’re making a difference is fantastic.

“I think the Health Awards is a really good thing because there’s so many unsung heroes in healthcare. It’s just nice that they’re getting some recognition for it.”Award winner for Outstanding Health Professional of the Year Dr James Lorenz, said: “It’s really nice to be appreciated and I’m so grateful to all the patients who said nice things about me. When I started out 30 years ago I never imagined this happening.”

Once again, the headline sponsor for the awards was Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for the healthcare of everyone in the city.Speaking before the ceremony, Hull CCG chief officer Emma Latimer said: “We know that NHS staff working on the frontline in GP surgeries, hospital and the community deliver an amazing service year-on-year for our population.”However, we should never overlook the many people in Hull who care for others, volunteer, or make a difference as part of a charity or local group.

“We are indebted to all the people who show real compassion for others in their community – putting other people’s needs first despite having challenges of their own to overcome. We want to use the Mail’s Health and Care awards to shine a light on this incredibly valuable, but often unseen work.”Michele Moran, chief executive at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, an associate sponsor for this year’s awards, said they are an ideal opportunity to “celebrate the excellent work” of healthcare professionals across the region.

She said: “The awards are a great way to celebrate the excellent work that healthcare professionals do every day to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.”

Tim Wigglesworth, chief operations officer of Hull Citycare Ltd, an associate sponsor, said it was important to give health heroes public recognition for their “superb care and attention.”He said: “Our work across the health service means that we are privileged to see so many examples of superb care and attention every day.

“It’s wonderful to see these heroes rewarded and recognised so publically.”This year there were eleven different categories on offer, and the finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel.All experts in their own field, David Smith, chief executive for Mind Hull and East Yorkshire, Claire Champlin, chairman for the Older People’s Partnership Hull and East Riding, Sue Lee, Hull CCG’s head of communications and engagement, and Tim Wigglesworth, chief operations officer of Hull Citycare Ltd, spent an afternoon making the difficult decisions.

The winners of the Health and Care Awards 2017

Outstanding Health Professional of the Year

Dr James Lorenz

Carer of the Year

Helena McArthur

Young Carer of the Year

Jasmine Hutson, Jack Lilley, and sisters Abigail, Hannah and Rebecca Dimiline

Care Home of the Year

Magdalen Park Nursing Home

Volunteer of the Year

Lorraine Hutchinson

Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

Recovery College

Health Improvement Award

Fitmums & Friends

Innovation in Health and Social Care Award

The Pefusion Department at Castle Hill Hospital

Health Partnership of the Year Award

The Older People’s Partnership

Unsung Health Hero Award

Michaela Ireland

Lifetime Contribution Award

Mary Share