Angel of the Year

2022

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Ravenscroft

A NURSE, a medic, a member of the emergency services or a carer – someone who has either dedicated their life to helping others, be it in a professional or voluntary capacity, or has gone beyond the call of duty.

 

The winner could be a carer who has missed out on everyday life in order to look after a loved one, or they may work in the healthcare industry, dedicating their lives to caring for others. They could be a member of one of our emergency services who has been behind a major safety campaign or had an important role to play in a major incident. These people are our guardian angels and their work, often in tough conditions and under immense pressure, deserves recognition.

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Carole Stockill

Nominated by Rachel Wright

FOR her ‘inspiring’ work across the community, Carole Stockill has been nominated for Angel of the Year. Ms Stockill has volunteered her time for multiple charities, trained to become a com-munity first responder and set-up a not-for-profit organisation – Laugh, Move and Groove  – which teaches laughter yoga with MENCAP and care homes across the Island. Ms Stockill founded Laugh, Move and Groove five years ago with the aim of helping the elderly and those with disabilities to get moving and put a smile on their faces. Her selfless work has been greatly appreciated by many Islanders. Described as a ‘shining light’ and an ‘inspirational person’, Ms Stockill dedicates her time to helping others and providing valuable services to the community. Her work with charities Helping Wings and Brooke Jersey has raised money and positively impacted the lives of children and teenagers in need, while her service to British Divers Marine Life Rescue has helped protect local sea life. Nominator Rachel Wright commented: ‘Nothing is ever too much for her. Carole gives selflessly and doesn’t do it for recognition. People like that deserve to be recognised for the work they do, it’s important’. 

Darren Brown

Nominated by Julie Fennessy 

DARREN Brown has been nominated for Angel of the Year by his ex-wife, Julie Fennessy, for the care he has provided her throughout her illness since June 2021. Mr Brown’s selfless acts have been greatly appreciated by Ms Fennessy, who requires constant care as she awaits brain surgery. Ms Fennessy commented: ‘He does not need to be by my side, as we are divorced, but he has shown me true friendship in a time of great need. Darren has gone above and beyond to make sure I am safe and cared for.’ Mr Brown’s efforts to care for Ms Fennessy have been unpaid, despite being a registered carer since January, but he has refused to leave her without care. Mr Brown has moved back to Jersey after living in the UK for 14 months to look after his former wife. Ms Fennessy wants his work to be recognised because ‘he gave up his life for me… He’s been there when no one else would step in during a time of desperate need. To me he is an angel.’ 

Elaine Walker

Nominated by Cheyenne O’Connor 

NOMINATED for her tireless work to organise Children’s Day 2022, which took place on Sunday 3 July, Elaine Walker volunteered countless hours of her time to ensure the event was a success. Mrs Walker, associate director for the government’s Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department, played an integral part in the event and went ‘above and beyond her role’, said nominator Cheyenne O’Connor. Miss O’Connor, who also helped with the event, stated that without Mrs Walker the day ‘wouldn’t have gone the way it did’. Mrs Walker’s out-of-hours voluntary work included organising events and activities in both Coronation Park and Howard Davis Park along with local charities, as well as organising more than 1,000 £5 vouchers to ensure all families could eat on Children’s Day. Miss O’Connor wanted to stress how grateful the team of volunteers were for Mrs Walker’s efforts, and added: ‘She took on most of the work and stayed up late most nights planning and organising. I wanted to show my appreciation for Elaine’s work and give her the recognition she deserves.’

Cheyenne O’Connor

Nominated by Elizabeth Jones

AN outreach worker has been put forward for this year’s Pride of Jersey awards in recognition of her help and support for children and survivors of sexual abuse. Cheyenne O’Connor, who regularly raises funds for local charities and support groups, has been nominated for Angel of the Year by her friend Elizabeth Jones.  

Mrs Jones said: ‘Cheyenne works tirelessly to support survivors of sexual abuse in her role as an outreach worker, and she also runs her own charity to help families who are dealing with Children’s Services. She worked hard to make sure Children’s Day was the best day possible for children in the Island and worked closely with CYPES [Children, Young People, Education and Skills] to make this happen.’  

Mrs Jones added: ‘Cheyenne has given talks in schools regarding children’s rights and she helps many of the youth in Jersey.’  

In addition, Ms O’Connor has raised thousands of pounds for various charities over the years,  including Jersey Action Against Rape and Jersey Women’s Refuge. ‘She has raised funds by  completing abseils, taking part in muddy fun runs, and organising a “family fun day” every year,’ said Mrs Jones.  

In addition, Cheyenne has taken part in fundraising boxing matches, raising over £1,000 for Jersey Hospice Care earlier this year. ‘Cheyenne really deserves to be recognised for her hard work,’ added 

Mrs Jones. ‘She is dedicated to the future of our children in the Island.’

Laura Thomson

Nominated by Sarah Alves

A DEDICATED nurse who travelled to England to attend hospital with a one-year-old patient and his mum has been nominated for the Angel of the Year award.  

Sarah Alves said she would be ‘forever grateful’ for the help and support children’s nurse Laura  Thomson – who works in the General Hospital – had given to her and her young son during a difficult time.  

Ms Alves said: ‘My little boy was unwell earlier this month and needed to be flown to Southampton Hospital. Laura had been looking after us while we spent an overnight stay on Robin Ward, and she  ended up escorting me and my baby to the hospital in Southampton. It was supposed to be her day off work – her boyfriend was coming over to see her – but she came with us anyway.’ 

Ms Alves continued: ‘Laura gave me the loveliest hugs when I was feeling so sad and upset, and she comforted me all the way to Southampton. She helped with my luggage at the airport and even checked me into the hospital. She made sure I was OK before she left to fly back to Jersey.’  

Fighting back tears, Ms Alves said her young son had now made a full recovery but added: ‘Laura has the biggest heart and is such a kind and caring lady. ‘I will be forever grateful to her for what she did for me and my little boy.’ 

Penny Byrne

Nominated by Rhona Hewit

CHILDREN’S author Penny Byrne deserves the Angel of the Year award for her ‘kindness and warm heart’, according to nominator Rhona Hewit. The writer has published several books that have raised funds for local charities including the Jersey Child Care Trust, Salvation Army Jersey, Brightly, Jersey Women’s Refuge and the National Trust for Jersey. And the stories she has written focus on subjects which are important to children, including environmental awareness, cultural diversity, and how the Occupation affected children and their families. ‘Penny is a wonderful human being; she is kind, thoughtful, funny and has an enormous heart,’ said Ms Hewit. ‘She writes children’s books for  various Island charities raising awareness and much-needed cash for them. ‘In her personal life, she looks after her own wonderful four children and in recent years has become a foster parent too. 

‘When her friend was diagnosed with cancer she organised a sponsored head shave, shaving off her very long hair to raise vital funds. 

‘She so deserves recognition for her kindness and warm heart.’ 

Stacey Baines

Nominated by Ronceray Care Home

RONCERAY Care Home has nominated deputy manager Stacey Baines for the Angel of the Year award for her ability to go ‘above and beyond’ for residents and staff. 

Miss Baines, a health and social carer, is described by her colleagues as ‘a credit to the care home’ and ‘someone who will do anything for the residents and their families’. 

Ronceray Care Home manager Carole Keenan said: ‘She is absolutely brilliant at her job. She treats the residents as if they are family members. She really knows how to treat people as they would want to be treated.  

‘She is someone who will always go above and beyond what is required of her to help others.’  

In addition, staff at the St Martin home said that Miss Baines often takes residents out for the day – including on her own days off. 

Beverley Le Cuirot

Nominated by Anne-Marie Webb

THE support given to local business people who suffered significant hardship during and after the pandemic and the resulting economic fallout has led to Beverley Le Cuirot being nominated for the Angel of the Year award. Mrs Le Cuirot, founder of the Small Business in Jersey group, was nominated by Anne-Marie Webb, a chartered physiotherapist who runs her own business, Harmony Physiotherapy. ‘When everyone needed help, Beverely was the one that people went to. For small businesses she’s been an absolute life-saver. She helped us all,’ her nominator said, adding that Mrs Le Cuirot was especially active helping people sort out problems with the Co-Funded Payroll Scheme, the government’s pandemic support plan. She said: ‘After the pandemic Beverley was trying to help everyone who had trouble with the repayments on the co-funding scheme. She’s been picking up the pieces and she is absolutely incredible. Beverley was the person people were going to and she would get straight back to them. When everyone needed help, she was the one that people went to. Beverley sorted a lot of things for a lot of people. ‘Beverley is a kind person who does it all through the goodness of her heart. I hope she goes into politics one day because she cares about people and we need more of those like her.’

Carla Agrela

Nominated by Tracey Quemard

A RESIDENTIAL home care manager has been put forward for Angel of the Year in this year’s Pride of Jersey awards. Carla Agrela, who works for the States of Jersey and helps Islanders with autism and mental-health issues to move into ‘forever homes’, has been nominated by her friend and work colleague Tracy Quemard. Ms Quemard said: ‘Carla is literally an angel, she really is. She will do anything and everything for anyone if she can. She is always there for her clients, for their families and for her staff – she is just wonderful.’ The work undertaken by Carla and her team enables some of the most vulnerable people in society to move out of care homes and hospitals and into ‘forever homes’, and this enables them to interact more with the local community. Ms Quemard added: ‘Carla has just got an understanding of everybody. It is so nice for clients when they are moved into their forever homes. You wouldn’t think it was possible, but Carla makes it happen and it is absolutely lovely to see. The people she helps wouldn’t be a part of the community if not for her. She manages a whole big group [of staff] and she does it brilliantly. ‘Like I say, she really is an angel.’

Les Charrières Nursing and Residential Home staff

Nominated by Dorothy Parette

DOROTHY Parette has nothing but praise for the care and attention she and residents receive at Les Charrières Nursing and Residential Home, which is why she has nominated the home’s staff for a Pride of Jersey Award as Angel of the Year. ‘They do everything for me and not only for me – they look after everybody. Every day the staff are always on hand to help. They’re very friendly and happy and the care here is lovely,’ said Mrs Parette (85), who is now a resident in the home following a fall late last year. Her mobility was affected but, with help, she is able to enjoy day trips organised by Les Charrières. Mrs Parette also paid tribute to the care her husband Robert received, who was also in the home, before he sadly died earlier this year. While Mrs Parette (née Rondel) may need support now, she is delighted with her care and is full of admiration for the staff at Les Charrières. ‘It’s a Rondel thing to be independent, but I’m very happy to be at the home and the staff help me with anything I need. I’m over the moon with how I’m looked after and the staff are all lovely, from the ladies who do the cleaning, to the chefs, n the nurses and the office staff.’ 

Sarah McCallum

Nominated by Siobhan Fogarty

AN Autism Jersey support staff member who goes ‘above and beyond to help people’ has been nominated in this year’s Pride of Jersey Awards for Angel of the Year. Sarah McCallum is a supported living team leader at Autism Jersey where she has been in the position for five years, making real changes to people’s lives and giving them a better quality of life. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit, swimming, walking and just relaxing with a book. ‘In pretty much every sphere of life, Sarah goes above and beyond to help people. In her work at Autism Jersey, she has made an enormous difference to the clients’ lives, even clients who she doesn’t work with, through her generosity of spirit,’ said Siobhan. ‘She also boosts her staff and has championed mental health in the workplace, always having one eye on their wellbeing and sticking up for them when needed. She’s a sweetheart outside of work too, and always ready with a laugh and a supportive word. She lives her life lifting others up, and deserves her name to be known as an all-round good egg.’

Sarah Vivian

Nominated by Michael Officer 

A CARE and support worker at St John Ambulance who is ‘absolutely tireless’ is in the running for Angel of the Year. Sarah Vivian, who has been with the Island’s first-aid charity for over six years, is also a district nurse who has worked for Family Nursing and Home Care for more than 25 years and is on the committee of Jersey Cancer Relief. She has also found time to fit in teaching health and social-care courses at Highlands College. Mrs Vivian was nominated by Michael Officer, who said: ‘Sarah runs the carers’ support group for St John Ambulance and she is absolutely tireless. She’s an inspirational and practical person who provides positivity and real assistance to those who care for relatives. ‘We first met at a Caring for Carers first-aid course. Like many, I have a relative who needs more help to get through their day as they get older and the course delivered just what I needed. In addition to supplying solid, practical help in the form of targeted knowledge, Sarah has been busy organising social events for course graduates.’ He added: ‘Sarah handles the multitude of disparate threads which form the help she gives to Jersey society. You would never hear her sing her own praises. My gratitude is not only selfish, it is for the many, many people looking after others in their evening years. Sarah has made that better and the ripples of her positive support continue to spread.’

Catherine Richardson

Nominated by Michelle O’Neill

NOMINATED for being an ‘amazing’ midwife, Catherine Richardson is in contention for the Angel of the Year award. Ms Richarson, who leads the community midwife team for the Health Department, has been nominated by Michelle O’Neill after overcoming two years of pressure on maternity services caused by the pandemic. Ms O’Neill said: ‘She’s an amazing midwife really dedicated to helping pregnant people and their partners and families through a period of change and often turmoil. ‘Many health services stopped their home-birth provision during Covid, and Guernsey have stopped offering it all together, but Catherine was determined to offer choice to the women of Jersey.’ Ms O’Neill added: ‘Her diligence in educating and supporting women to make choices with regards to their labours and births helped me directly as I had to make some difficult choices near the end of my pregnancy. ‘She also came out to see me regularly after a very traumatic delivery and the difference a familiar face made is incalculable. ‘While it is her job, she regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty to champion the rights and care of all pregnant women on the Island, including setting up Jersey Maternity Voices, a user-representative group to improve maternity care. 

Grayce Hayward

Nominated by Rox Dowinton

A 20-YEAR-OLD Islander who cared for her dying grandparent has been put forward for this year’s Pride of Jersey awards. Grayce Hayward has been nominated in the Angel of the Year category by her mother, Rox Dowinton, who described her daughter as ‘the family’s angel’. Ms Dowinton said: ‘Grayce is an angel because she cared for her Nan like no other 20-year-old would. In her Nan’s final days, which is something that wasn’t expected, there was absolutely nothing that my daughter wouldn’t do to help. She has shown everyone who doubted her what she is made of.’ Ms Dowinton added: ‘I am truly in awe of my girl. ‘She has kept us all going through this extremely rough time, even though she herself has been going through her own grief. ‘She really is an outright angel and I want her to know how much she means to all of us.’

Sandra Silva

Nominated by Kevin Alway

FOR her services to Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey, Sandra Silva has been nominated for Angel of the Year. Nominated by Kevin Alway, Ms Silva has worked for The Lounge at Macmillan since 2019, when it was set up. Mr Alway described Ms Silva as ‘the epitome of an angel’ and praised her work, saying: ‘Her unwavering assistance goes beyond excelling in customer service. She proactively takes time out of her busy day to help anyone, young and old, from all walks of life, and every corner of the Island. ‘She ensures everyone who walks through the door feels as though they are part of our family, and offers a friendly listening ear to anyone who may need it.’ He continued: ‘Sandra herself used the services that Macmillan Jersey provide to any Islander affected by cancer due to a cancer diagnosis herself. She then became an avid volunteer at our cancer support and wellbeing centre, The Oasis, for many years, where she truly shone as someone to support others. ‘Sandra was of course devastated when she received her diagnosis, and it took its toll both mentally and physically. Sandra has also lost friends and family who were on a similar journey as herself, yet instead of giving up, it’s only made her want to help those affected by cancer more, at times completely losing herself in helping others.’

Amy Hall

Nominated by Hannah Read, Izzy Kelly and Ceira Walsh

A MENTAL-HEALTH practitioner who ‘strives to make the world a better place’ for young people has been nominated for the Angel of the Year award.  

Through her work at Mind Jersey over the past five years, Ms Hall has had a hugely positive impact on the lives of many young Islanders. 

Co-nominator Hannah Read said: ‘I can honestly say that Amy saved my life on so many occasions, giving me hope that things would get better and helping me to advocate for myself to get the support that I needed. By providing such a safe, accepting and welcoming space in [Mind Jersey volunteer group] Youthful Minds, for the first time in my life I could truly be myself and open up about the struggles that I faced.’ 

Fellow nominator Izzy Kelly praised Ms Hall’s character, saying: ‘Amy is the kindest person I know and will do anything she can to help others in need.  

‘She is an absolute credit to the charity and consistently strives to make the world a better place for so many people.’ 

Co-nominator Ceira Walsh added: ‘She is the most selfless, thoughtful and dedicated professional that I have worked with.’

Dr Suzanne Luck

Nominated by Ocean Brown

A PAEDIATRIC consultant at the Hospital has been  nominated for Angel of the Year in this year’s Pride of Jersey awards.  

Dr Suzanne Luck was put forward by Ocean Brown, a previous Pride of Jersey winner, who was treated by Dr Luck for gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach cannot empty in the normal way. 

Ms Brown said: ‘Suzanne has been helping me through my long diagnosis since September – she has had a huge impact on my daily life. She kept me updated with all the latest reviews from the consults we had together.  

‘She also referred me to Southampton Hospital to undergo further investigations that couldn’t be carried out in Jersey.  

‘She still checks in on me regularly regarding my health and just to make sure I’m OK. Most importantly, she got me through my GCSEs, which was my main priority this year.’  

Ms Brown added: ‘I’d like for Suzanne to be recognised because she has had a key role in my life recently and has supported me so well throughout my journey. She has enabled me to get back on track.  

‘Her bedside manner is also second to none – in fact, it is the best that I have ever experienced throughout all of the paediatric consultants that I have seen.’

Mary Jane Millen-Swainston

Nominated by Gill Herold

A ‘genuine and caring’ woman has been nominated for Angel of the Year.

Mary Jane Millen-Swainston is described as ‘the epitome of a caring carer’ by her nominator, Gill Herold.

‘She genuinely cares 100% for the people she looks after,’ he said. ‘She is dedicated to her work, she is a true professional, and although her profession receives low remuneration, nothing is too much trouble and she goes the extra mile to ensure that her clients are happy, well cared for and treated with dignity.’

He added: ‘Mary Jane cares for elderly, vulnerable and infirm people through a genuine wish to help others. She is very knowledgeable and is always looking for ways to make her clients more comfortable. Her genuine love for her work shines through and she is always so positive and cheerful.’

Mr Herold said he felt that his life was enriched by knowing her, and he ‘could not recommend anyone more highly’.

Staff at Maison St Brelade

Nominated by Sarah Jordan

THE ‘caring’ staff and nurses at Maison St Brelade residential care home have been put forward for Angel of the Year for going above and beyond to care for their residents.  

Sarah Jordan nominated the care home’s entire staff but wanted to especially praise Amy, Paula, Suzanna, Tan, Boom, Jenny, Sue, Louise and Anne, saying: ‘They go the extra mile to make my mother’s life more pleasant.’ 

Ms Jordan said that alongside the amazing care that is provided, the staff also ensure that her mother is made to feel the best she can. Ms Jordan explained the extra steps the staff take to help her mother, saying: ‘They put mum’s lipstick on, paint her nails and wash her hair. They also organise WhatsApp calls with my sister who lives abroad and send me photos and messages from mum when I can’t visit.’ 

She continued: ‘They treat mum like their own family and take the time to chat and have a laugh with us. They will pop in to check on mum even when working in other areas. They include me as part of their Maison St Brelade “family” and I cannot praise the staff enough.’

Nominated by Ocean Brown

A PAEDIATRIC consultant at the Hospital has been  nominated for Angel of the Year in this year’s Pride of Jersey awards.  

Dr Suzanne Luck was put forward by Ocean Brown, a previous Pride of Jersey winner, who was treated by Dr Luck for gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach cannot empty in the normal way. 

Ms Brown said: ‘Suzanne has been helping me through my long diagnosis since September – she has had a huge impact on my daily life. She kept me updated with all the latest reviews from the consults we had together.  

‘She also referred me to Southampton Hospital to undergo further investigations that couldn’t be carried out in Jersey.  

‘She still checks in on me regularly regarding my health and just to make sure I’m OK. Most importantly, she got me through my GCSEs, which was my main priority this year.’  

Ms Brown added: ‘I’d like for Suzanne to be recognised because she has had a key role in my life recently and has supported me so well throughout my journey. She has enabled me to get back on track.  

‘Her bedside manner is also second to none – in fact, it is the best that I have ever experienced throughout all of the paediatric consultants that I have seen.’

Nominated by Gill Herold

A ‘genuine and caring’ woman has been nominated for Angel of the Year.

Mary Jane Millen-Swainston is described as ‘the epitome of a caring carer’ by her nominator, Gill Herold.

‘She genuinely cares 100% for the people she looks after,’ he said. ‘She is dedicated to her work, she is a true professional, and although her profession receives low remuneration, nothing is too much trouble and she goes the extra mile to ensure that her clients are happy, well cared for and treated with dignity.’

He added: ‘Mary Jane cares for elderly, vulnerable and infirm people through a genuine wish to help others. She is very knowledgeable and is always looking for ways to make her clients more comfortable. Her genuine love for her work shines through and she is always so positive and cheerful.’

Mr Herold said he felt that his life was enriched by knowing her, and he ‘could not recommend anyone more highly’.

Carole Stockill

Nominated by Rachel Wright

FOR her ‘inspiring’ work across the community, Carole Stockill has been nominated for Angel of the Year. Ms Stockill has volunteered her time for multiple charities, trained to become a com-munity first responder and set-up a not-for-profit organisation – Laugh, Move and Groove  – which teaches laughter yoga with MENCAP and care homes across the Island. Ms Stockill founded Laugh, Move and Groove five years ago with the aim of helping the elderly and those with disabilities to get moving and put a smile on their faces. Her selfless work has been greatly appreciated by many Islanders. Described as a ‘shining light’ and an ‘inspirational person’, Ms Stockill dedicates her time to helping others and providing valuable services to the community. Her work with charities Helping Wings and Brooke Jersey has raised money and positively impacted the lives of children and teenagers in need, while her service to British Divers Marine Life Rescue has helped protect local sea life. Nominator Rachel Wright commented: ‘Nothing is ever too much for her. Carole gives selflessly and doesn’t do it for recognition. People like that deserve to be recognised for the work they do, it’s important’. 

Darren Brown

Nominated by Julie Fennessy 

DARREN Brown has been nominated for Angel of the Year by his ex-wife, Julie Fennessy, for the care he has provided her throughout her illness since June 2021. Mr Brown’s selfless acts have been greatly appreciated by Ms Fennessy, who requires constant care as she awaits brain surgery. Ms Fennessy commented: ‘He does not need to be by my side, as we are divorced, but he has shown me true friendship in a time of great need. Darren has gone above and beyond to make sure I am safe and cared for.’ Mr Brown’s efforts to care for Ms Fennessy have been unpaid, despite being a registered carer since January, but he has refused to leave her without care. Mr Brown has moved back to Jersey after living in the UK for 14 months to look after his former wife. Ms Fennessy wants his work to be recognised because ‘he gave up his life for me… He’s been there when no one else would step in during a time of desperate need. To me he is an angel.’ 

Elaine Walker

Nominated by Cheyenne O’Connor 

NOMINATED for her tireless work to organise Children’s Day 2022, which took place on Sunday 3 July, Elaine Walker volunteered countless hours of her time to ensure the event was a success. Mrs Walker, associate director for the government’s Children, Young People, Education and Skills Department, played an integral part in the event and went ‘above and beyond her role’, said nominator Cheyenne O’Connor. Miss O’Connor, who also helped with the event, stated that without Mrs Walker the day ‘wouldn’t have gone the way it did’. Mrs Walker’s out-of-hours voluntary work included organising events and activities in both Coronation Park and Howard Davis Park along with local charities, as well as organising more than 1,000 £5 vouchers to ensure all families could eat on Children’s Day. Miss O’Connor wanted to stress how grateful the team of volunteers were for Mrs Walker’s efforts, and added: ‘She took on most of the work and stayed up late most nights planning and organising. I wanted to show my appreciation for Elaine’s work and give her the recognition she deserves.’

Cheyenne O’Connor

Nominated by Elizabeth Jones

AN outreach worker has been put forward for this year’s Pride of Jersey awards in recognition of her help and support for children and survivors of sexual abuse. Cheyenne O’Connor, who regularly raises funds for local charities and support groups, has been nominated for Angel of the Year by her friend Elizabeth Jones.  

Mrs Jones said: ‘Cheyenne works tirelessly to support survivors of sexual abuse in her role as an outreach worker, and she also runs her own charity to help families who are dealing with Children’s Services. She worked hard to make sure Children’s Day was the best day possible for children in the Island and worked closely with CYPES [Children, Young People, Education and Skills] to make this happen.’  

Mrs Jones added: ‘Cheyenne has given talks in schools regarding children’s rights and she helps many of the youth in Jersey.’  

In addition, Ms O’Connor has raised thousands of pounds for various charities over the years,  including Jersey Action Against Rape and Jersey Women’s Refuge. ‘She has raised funds by  completing abseils, taking part in muddy fun runs, and organising a “family fun day” every year,’ said Mrs Jones.  

In addition, Cheyenne has taken part in fundraising boxing matches, raising over £1,000 for Jersey Hospice Care earlier this year. ‘Cheyenne really deserves to be recognised for her hard work,’ added 

Mrs Jones. ‘She is dedicated to the future of our children in the Island.’

Laura Thomson

Nominated by Sarah Alves

A DEDICATED nurse who travelled to England to attend hospital with a one-year-old patient and his mum has been nominated for the Angel of the Year award.  

Sarah Alves said she would be ‘forever grateful’ for the help and support children’s nurse Laura  Thomson – who works in the General Hospital – had given to her and her young son during a difficult time.  

Ms Alves said: ‘My little boy was unwell earlier this month and needed to be flown to Southampton Hospital. Laura had been looking after us while we spent an overnight stay on Robin Ward, and she  ended up escorting me and my baby to the hospital in Southampton. It was supposed to be her day off work – her boyfriend was coming over to see her – but she came with us anyway.’ 

Ms Alves continued: ‘Laura gave me the loveliest hugs when I was feeling so sad and upset, and she comforted me all the way to Southampton. She helped with my luggage at the airport and even checked me into the hospital. She made sure I was OK before she left to fly back to Jersey.’  

Fighting back tears, Ms Alves said her young son had now made a full recovery but added: ‘Laura has the biggest heart and is such a kind and caring lady. ‘I will be forever grateful to her for what she did for me and my little boy.’ 

Penny Byrne

Nominated by Rhona Hewit

CHILDREN’S author Penny Byrne deserves the Angel of the Year award for her ‘kindness and warm heart’, according to nominator Rhona Hewit. The writer has published several books that have raised funds for local charities including the Jersey Child Care Trust, Salvation Army Jersey, Brightly, Jersey Women’s Refuge and the National Trust for Jersey. And the stories she has written focus on subjects which are important to children, including environmental awareness, cultural diversity, and how the Occupation affected children and their families. ‘Penny is a wonderful human being; she is kind, thoughtful, funny and has an enormous heart,’ said Ms Hewit. ‘She writes children’s books for  various Island charities raising awareness and much-needed cash for them. ‘In her personal life, she looks after her own wonderful four children and in recent years has become a foster parent too. 

‘When her friend was diagnosed with cancer she organised a sponsored head shave, shaving off her very long hair to raise vital funds. 

‘She so deserves recognition for her kindness and warm heart.’ 

Angel of the Year

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