Women Out West honours Dubbo carer Lyndal Cook

Praised: Outstanding carer winner Lyndal Cook (centre) with finalists Jackie Odendaal, Fiona Quinn, Maureen Wilkins and Joanne Holland. Photo: Toni Scott Photography.

Praised: Outstanding carer winner Lyndal Cook (centre) with finalists Jackie Odendaal, Fiona Quinn, Maureen Wilkins and Joanne Holland. Photo: Toni Scott Photography.

Dubbo’s Lyndal Cook has received the Women Out West (WOW) Award for Outstanding Carer - caring with love and compassion.

She was one of six finalists in the category and announced as the winner on Saturday night at a gala presentation.

The award recognises a woman who cares for a family member or friend “whose love and compassion positively impacts the quality of their emotional, spiritual and physical lives”.

Mrs Cook has three children, each with a different disability, her award citation reads.

She herself has a rare form of acquired haemophilia, while her children live with muscular dystrophy, epilepsy and juvenile diabetes respectively.

This has not deterred her from running her own sewing business, IKsews. Mrs Cook sets alarms throughout the night to check her daughter’s blood levels.

“It is rare to hear anything negative from a lady with a very full plate,” the award citation said.

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