A LOVING son from Maidenhead has won a national award for caring for his elderly mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease.

Palwinder Bhamra, 53, picked up a national carers award in London last week after being nominated by his daughter.

Mr Bhamra is a full time carer for his elderly mother, who has also had two strokes. His daughter Narpal, 21 joined him at the ceremony.

She said: “I like to call my dad, ‘super-dad’ and I am very proud of him. My father has taught me the value of honest integrity, hard work and respect for myself, family and others.

"My father has devoted his whole life to tend to the needs of my grandparents and provide them with the best quality of life, while bringing up a family.”

Each day Mr Bhamra cleans, dresses and feeds his mother and often takes her shopping, to the Sikh temple and also on trips to feed the ducks by the river.

Five carers and one Lloyds Pharmacy employee who has helped a carer were awarded at the LloydsPharmacy National Carers Awards at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair last Thursday.

Mr Bhamra also visited 10 Downing Street and met with the Rt. Hon Alistair Burt MP, minister of state for community and social care and received a trophy, £1,000 in high street vouchers, a one-night stay at a luxury hotel in London and train travel.

He said: “When I was told that I had won a National Carers Award, I was flabbergasted and absolutely chuffed, as it came as a complete surprise! I have to say that it’s an honour to receive this award. I’m sure there are people who do far more than me; I just look after my Mum who has dementia.

“I’d like to thank the rest of my family for helping me care for her. This is the first time I’ve heard of the Carers Awards. It was my daughter, who nominated me and I’m really proud of her for doing so. We need to help make more people aware of the great work that carers do, as a carer myself I know caring for a loved one requires a lot of passion and commitment.”