A NURSE has been nominated for an NHS Heroes award after being described as a “first class lady” by the family of a disabled boy she helps care for.

Anne Aldred was put forward by Darren Bennett, of Wheatley Crescent, Bluntisham, whose son Bradley, 14, has cerebral palsy and goes to Spring Common School in Huntingdon.

Mr Bennett said: "Anne has instilled us with confidence with regard to my disabled son's health and well-being at school and around the community.

"She will make a decision and stand by it. She will also ensure that my son is treated the same way by any other professional who is responsible for his healthcare.

"Anne is what a nurse should be, and a lot of less experienced people could learn a lot from her - a first class lady."

Mrs Aldred, 54, who is married and has a stepson, is employed by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and has been a special needs school nurse for 10 years.

She said: "I was very surprised to have been nominated for such a lovely award by one of the families with whom I work.

"I endeavour to provide a high quality, professional service to all the students and their families at the special school.

"I understand that often they are pressured and exhausted from managing their lives with a disabled youngster in the household.

"So to take the time and trouble to nominate one of many professionals means a great deal and I am pleased and grateful to have been put forward.

"Bradley is a delightful young man. He's always got a smile on his face, he's always happy."

NHS Heroes is a national scheme set up by the Department of Health to recognise the individuals and teams who work hard to ensure patients receive the best care.

Trust chief exec Matthew Winn said it was clear Mrs Aldred had made a difference to the family. He added: "With an organisation as large as ours it can be difficult for members of the public to show their appreciation for the care they have received - NHS Heroes is their chance to do this."