Lorren Payne receives her award from David Evans, director and founder of Extra Hands Norfolk.

There were celebrations for Norfolk’s Extra Hands care company when the winner of a special award was revealed.

A total of 64 staff members were nominated for the Gill Chase Care Award, but it was 25-year-old carer Lorren Payne who took the title. 

Miss Payne, based at the company’s Heacham office, received the win after working for Extra Hands for three years.

Service users described her as compassionate and caring within her role as a rapid response team member, helping to support around 20 people in their own homes.

Miss Payne said the award was for the whole team at Heacham because they all supported each other.

“I love my job and it’s incredibly rewarding – I would recommend it as a career to any young person wondering what they could do,” she said.

Finalists Daniella Silva and Oksana Trofimovabased also based at the Heacham office, were presented with a certificate by company founder David Evans. 

Extra Hands was established 25 years ago by Mr Evans and his wife Hazel.

The Gill Chase Care Awards were started four years ago in memory of a long-standing committed carer who died suddenly in 2014 aged 68 and the company wanted to ensure she was always remembered.