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Islington carers ‘give life’ for those most in need

19 July, 2019 — By Caitlin Allen

This year’s Dignity in Care Awards winners at the awards ceremoney at Islington Assembly Hall

ISLINGTON’s top carers were recognised with awards at the Town Hall last Monday.

Allison Allicock, who has spent the past nine years working for disabilities charity Centre 404, was given the top award for looking after those in supported living.

Centre 404, currently based in North Road, supports family members as well as those with disabilities throughout London and the South-east.

Ms Allicock is currently supporting Debbie Zakou, 46, from Tufnell Park, and will be joining her on a trip to Disneyland Paris next week.

Ms Zakou suffers from a degenerative condition and requires round the clock care. Her dream is to meet her favourite actor Johnny Depp.

“Allison has given life to my sister,” said Angie Kyriacou, Debbie’s sister. Ms Allicock said: “We come to work for the service user. It’s not about us, it’s about them.”

The annual awards saw a new category in honour of George Durack, the former chairman of the Islington Pensioners Forum, who died last year aged 94. His daughter Elaine Durack presented the George Durack lifetime achievement award to Sarah Nakoto from Mayfair Homecare.

Other winners included Esther Alupu, from Islington Council’s reablement team; Daniela Siclovan and Moises Ferreira, from St Anne’s Nursing Home; Marion Howell, from Notting Hill Genesis; Carol Maldon, from Islington Shared Lives.

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