03:48PM, Friday 03 June 2016
Palwinder Bhamra and his mother, Gian-Kaur
A carer from Maidenhead has won a national award in recognition of his efforts to help his mother.
Palwinder Bhamra, of Rutland Place, provides constant care to his mother, Gian-Kaur, 89, who suffers from advanced dementia.
The 53-year-old was given the LloydsPharmacy National Carers Award at a ceremony in the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, London, on Thursday.
He was nominated by his daughter, Narpal, a 21-year-old undergraduate who studies pharmacy.
Palwinder also visited Downing Street ahead of the awards ceremony to meet Alistair Burt MP, minister for community and social care, and was given a trophy and £1,000 of high street vouchers.
He said: “I could not believe it when I received the phone call. I thought it was a prank call.
“It is a great privilege to receive this award.
“I want to thank LloydsPharmacy and Carers UK.”
His daily routine includes cleaning and dressing his mother, and he cooks for her using recipes that she taught him.
He regularly takes her shopping, one of her favourite activities, feeds the ducks with her, and takes her to the Sikh temple.
He left his job teaching at Thames Valley University in 2008, when his mother was diagnosed.
Previously, he had taken care of his dad, who died in 2004.
“His last words were, ‘Son, look after your mother’,” Palwinder said.
“My mother brought me into this world.”
He is helped by his wife Narinder-Kaur, who works at the Handmade Cake Company in Gardner Road, and his children, Narpal, Piara-Singh, 18, and Narpreet, 15.
He said: “The children and my wife are all dedicated.”
The winners were chosen by a panel of five judges, which included Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, the vice president of Carers UK and Robin Elias, the managing editor of ITV News.
Palwinder said: “When caring for someone, one has to be very humble. They are human beings.
“It can happen to anyone.”
He said there are six and a half million unpaid carers in the UK.
“I am sure there are more people doing better than me,” he added.
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