Caring Ros Keeps It in the Family; AWARDS: Sister-in-Law Is 'One in a Million'

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Caring Ros Keeps It in the Family; AWARDS: Sister-in-Law Is 'One in a Million'


ROS Hooker is among those in the running for our caring hero award.

She was described as "one in a million" as she was nominated in our Pride of Coventry and Warwickshire Community Awards.

The awards recognise unsung heroes from our communities.

Our Caring Hero award celebrates those whose lives are dominated by caring for others.

Coventry-born Ros and her husband Trevor had lived in Blackpool running a successful guest house for more than ten years when they returned to spend Christmas with their family in 2007.

It was then that their life was turned upside down when Trevor, then 57 yearsold, drove off to fill up their car with petrol for the return journey and didn't return.

He had suffered a stroke at the wheel.

With Trevor hospitalised for months, Ros struggled to run her guest house as well as making regular 300-mile round trips to visit her stricken husband. She decided to sell up.

After the sale went through she bought a bungalow in Lime Tree Avenue, Tile Hill, where the 56-year-old now cares for Trevor and his mother, who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nominating her, Ros's sister-in-law Debbie Butterworth said: "Ros is one in a million. She cares for Trevor and my mum round the clock, often with limited sleep. She looks after her granddaughter through the holidays and she wouldn't have it any other way.

"And she still bakes cakes for her neighbours, simply because she says: 'It's nice to be nice'.

"I know there are lots of people out there doing just what she does every day, but how she has the energy to be there for so many people completely amazes every member of our family.

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