A carer and her stroke victim mother have been honoured by their local health trust at a special awards ceremony in Belfast.
Roisin O’Neill from Coalisland left school at 17 to help her late father look after her mum Margaret, and seven siblings, after her mother had a stroke aged 42.
The dedicated daughter was nominated by her brother Padraig for the ‘Carer of the Year’ accolade at the Life After Stroke Awards 2014.
Margaret has only required hospitalisation three times in 27 years thanks to the care of family and friends.
“We have been able to keep her at home where she belongs,” Roisin said.
“We also receive domiciliary care from the trust to help us with mum’s personal care each morning and a direct payments package to hire a carer to look after mum so I can get out to do messages or have a break,” she added.
Rosin’s brother Padraig also collected an Adult Courage award for their mum.