Parent/Guardian of the Year Award

Winner: Jackie Spencer

Eloise Spencer was only fifteen when she became very ill.

The Saltash teenager suffered near acute liver failure, mental health problems and EDS – a rare tissue condition that means her bones often dislocate. By seventeen, she was housebound and needed a wheelchair to get around.

Eloise says she copes because of a lady she describes as her rock. As well as being a full-time carer, single mum Jackie holds down three jobs to pay the bills – one as a volunteer. Not to mention all the favours and hospital visits she makes to other friends and family.