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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Ulverston woman began own business to improve care levels

AN Ulverston woman who risked everything to start a business has been recognised for her efforts to give the best possible care to vulnerable people.

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INSPIRED Rebecca Grayless has been nominated in the Carer of the Year category in the Heart of Ulverston Awards LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50064918B002

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Rebecca Grayless, 31, of Moorgarth, Swarthmoor, has been nominated for this year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards in the Carer of the Year category, sponsored by St Mary’s Hospice.

Personal experience and a passionate belief that people in need should get the best care available led Mrs Grayless to leave her job as a care worker to start Reliacare in 2009.

From humble beginnings, Reliacare now has 10 employees and provides care to people in the comfort of their own home.

Mrs Grayless said: “My nana had dementia and I was looking after her a lot and we wanted to keep her at home for as long as we could and that’s where the idea came from.

“It was a huge decision to go from a job where I was getting paid regularly to doing it on my own. But at the time I wasn’t happy with where I was and I didn’t think people were getting the care they deserved.

“We’re very fussy and we make sure all our staff give the same care that they would want to receive.”

Away from work, Mrs Grayless also cares for her autistic daughter, Holly, yet still manages to run the business from the family home. She also has plans to expand so that Reliacare can improve the lives of more people.

She said: “I never went into this to be a millionaire, I did it purely to make sure people got the care they deserved.

“At the moment it is run from my home and we’re aiming to get our own office space but we’ve growing gradually and we want to be sensible.”

This year’s Heart of Ulverston Awards, proudly sponsored by the Evening Mail, Siemens, GSK and Ulverston Victoria High School, will be held at the Coronation Hall on October 10.

Prizes will be awarded for 11 categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Group/ Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Sports Volunteer of the Year, Carer of the Year, Courage Award, Environmental Volunteer, Parent/ Guardian of the Year, Employee of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Visit the Evening Mail website to fill in a nomination form. The closing date for nominations is July 12.

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