Full-time carer Carl Copus says he was absolutely delighted to be named the winner of the Compassion in Care Award at last month’s Grantham is Great celebration.
The 45-year-old, of Wilks Road, Grantham, has been providing 24/7 care for his partner of 15 years Amanda, who suffers from a range of medical conditions including a personality disorder and arthritis.
She said: “I am nominating Carl for his 24-hour, round-the-clock consistent care of me due to my mental and physical health. He puts everyone before himself, despite what he’s going through. He is such a wonderful, caring, considerate guy and totally deserves this.”
We spoke to Carl to find out more on what he does for Amanda, and for others, and what the award means to him.
*How did it feel to be nominated, and to win, the Grantham is Great Compassion in Care award?
I was chuffed. I couldn’t believe it when I got the phone call from the Journal to say I’d been nominated. It was such a nice feeling. When I found out I’d won I was delighted. I wish I could have been there to collect it, but Amanda needed to be looked after, and she comes first. I do what I do because I love her.
What care do you provide?
I wash and bathe her, go shopping and look after our son Calum who is 12. I also have a step-daughter, Sophie-Louise, who is 20. She helps out which means I can sometimes take my son out for trips at the weekends.
*And you help out others too?
Yes, my parents are elderly so I help them, and also friends and neighbours if they are having trouble. For example if they need some work doing in their garden, like a hole needs digging or weeds need taking out, or any other odd jobs, I’m happy to help. I just do my bit. I like to help people. I was brought up that way by my mum, to have respect for your elders and to help others.
*Do you think there are a lot of carers like you in the area?
I know there are. A lot of people are the same as me and provide care to family members. They don’t get the recognition they deserve. I am very grateful that I have been recognised.
*And you were nominated alongside the staff of Grantham Hospital.
Yes, which means a lot because they are amazing. They have helped my family, and I know that they provide a great service.