CARING Pamela Thompson always goes above and beyond the call of duty in her job.
The home carer has been looking after elderly residents of South Tyneside for 30 years.
Now, Pamela, of Vernon Close, South Shields, is in the running for recognition for her compassion and dedication after being nominated for a Pride of South Tyneside award.
The 59-year-old was put forward for the award for carer of the year, sponsored by South Shields-based clothing company Barbour, by Richard Nightingale, the warden at Patrick Cain House in the town’s Eldon Street.
He said: “Pam is such a wonderful, caring carer who always gives 100 per cent to her job.
“She is passionate, dedicated and is always available whether on duty or off. Nothing is too much for her.
“Her lovely attitude and lovely smile are a tonic in themselves.
“I hope that when, in the future, I need a carer, our Pam will be mine, as I know for certain that I will be in safe hands.
“Over the last few years, I have seen Pam do very long days as she often pops back into our shelter to check on her patients, even on days off.”
The grandmother of two is a home carer for Hebburn-based Comfort Call.
She has worked in the industry for about 30 years, but took a few years out from 2003 to look after her husband Michael, who died in 2006 from a brain tumour.
She said: “I loved care work from the second I started it. I just thoroughly enjoy looking after elderly people.
“I get a lot of pleasure from it. I love visiting all my patients, and I always look forward to going to see them.
“I visit people at their own homes and in residential homes, and it’s always nice to spend time with them.
“I don’t think I can really say how I feel about being nominated for this award. I don’t really feel like I deserve one. I do what I do because I love it.”