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An unsung hero responsible for looking after young carers at a Long Sutton school is the winner of the Support Staff Award.

Theresa Earl, co-ordinator of Peele Community College’s Young Carers Group, was one of the most moving successes of the night.

Theresa Earl, co-ordinator of a Young Carers Group at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, is presented with the Support Staff Award by Suzanne Smith, human resources director of Coveris.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Theresa Earl, co-ordinator of a Young Carers Group at Peele Community College, Long Sutton, is presented with the Support Staff Award by Suzanne Smith, human resources director of Coveris. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The award was presented by Suzanne Smith, on behalf of award sponsors Coveris, after Mrs Earl was chosen ahead of Mark Bryan of Bourne Academy and Sue Folk of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.

Mrs Earl said: “We’ve been running the Young Carers Group for almost three years now and we started off with about ten students.

“But we’ve now got just over 35 and the students are predominantly doing a caring role for parents and siblings with disabilities, chronic illness and emotional or mental health issues.

“We decided to open the school for these students and run free trips for them, bike rides, and it’s just our way of rewarding them for doing something good.

Suzanne Smith, human resources director of Coveris, with Sue Folk of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Mark Bryan of Bourne Academy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Suzanne Smith, human resources director of Coveris, with Sue Folk of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Mark Bryan of Bourne Academy. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“I get a lot out of helping these students and it’s so rewarding.”

Mrs Smith said: “It’s really nice to offer some recognition to those staff who do really hard work but perhaps don’t get a lot of the glory.”