Helen Tann

Carer of the Year Award

A carer from Lanner has been recognised as Cornwall’s ‘Carer Of The Year’ at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards in association with South West Bottled Gas.

Helen Tann has been caring for her husband Paul for more than twenty years. Paul suffers from Huntington disease, a hereditary disorder of the central nervous system.

The award, sponsored by Rodda’s is awarded to a person who is at the centre of caring in community life, improving things for others and has demonstrated exceptional maturity in their work and has given up their time to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Friend Mark nominated her for this award, and said: “It’s a lonely life, as her husband cannot speak or move she does everything for him. She never complains about life, she is always happy with a smile and never lets you think that there is anything wrong with her life”.

“Her husband and son are her life - she is very deserving and humble. She wrote to me on Facebook, saying there’s a lot more deserving people than herself. She puts herself down and she really shouldn’t do – Helen is an unsung hero.”

Helen said: “Paul was diagnosed and gradually his body has just wasted. It’s got to the stage now where he can’t walk, he can’t talk, he can’t eat, he can’t swallow.”.

Always putting others before herself, and as well as caring for her husband, she continues to be a support to her friends and family. When Helen’s son was involved in an accident she was always by his side and cared for him during his recovery – whilst also continuing to care for her husband.