A CARE worker from Bradford has been crowned newcomer of the year at the Great British Care Awards.

Daisy Aitken, who works for Shipley-based Care Dynamics Yorkshire, was named the Home Care Newcomer of the Year.

The glitzy awards ceremony was held at the ICC in Birmingham, celebrating the best people in the care sector from across the UK.

In naming Ms Aitken as the winner, the awards said: “Daisy’s happy and positive persona shone through.

“A refreshing and inspirational candidate that focuses on making a difference every day even after a long commute to start work.

“Daisy’s mum is so proud of her and Daisy herself says ‘If my teachers could see me now, they wouldn’t believe it!’ A worthy winner.”

The national award follows Ms Aitken taking home the regional prize last year.

Professor Martin Green OBE, chief executive of Care England said: “Social care work is one of the most difficult, and at the same time, one of the most spiritually rewarding careers.

"People who work in social care, make a huge difference to the lives of the people they work with, and are some of society’s unsung heroes.

"The Great British Care Awards looks to redress the lack of recognition that people who work in social care receive, and is recognising and rewarding the very best in the social care workforce, giving them praise and respect for the transformational work that they do every day.”

Carlo Moorhouse, operations manager at Care Dynamics, added: "That Daisy won again was amazing news and such a fantastic achievement in a national event.

"As you can imagine we are all very proud of her."