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Award nomination for Brighton carer who has dedicated life to others
Marjorie Cozens has dedicated her life to caring for others.
But despite more than 80 years of looking after the sick, needy and downtrodden, she has never received any recognition.
Best friend Beryl Chippendale thinks that should change.
She said: “Marjorie is the most fantastic woman.
“She has spent her whole life putting others before herself.
“She would hate to know that I have nominated her, she doesn't like all the fuss. She's awfully modest.”
Mrs Chippendale first met 86-year-old Mrs Cozens, who lives in Southdown Place in Brighton, when they were at Varndean School together.
From an early age she was caring for others. At first it was through the local Sunday school before she helped run a church lunch club.
Into her adult life she took it upon herself to visit the sick and elderly in hospital and at home.
Mrs Chippendale added: “She has looked after so many people over the years.
“Even now as an 86-year-old she comes round and looks after me.
“We have been friends since school and are still friends now.
“If anyone deserves this award it is her. She is fantastic.”
LAST YEAR'S WINNER
Monica Hanna's tale is one of true selflessness.
She is the main carer for her mother who has Marfans Syndrome, a condition that affects the connective tissue in the body.
It also affects how the body grows and eventually has a degenerative effect on the major organs of the body, along with joints which affects mobility.
Is if that isn't a full time job in itself, she is also studying at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
The future is uncertain for the youngster. Her mother's condition will continue to damage her vital organs. On top of that, her two younger sisters also have the condition - although are not yet affected.
But she is not one to complain or grumble. Instead she carries on with a smile on her face and a spring in her step.
And that's why we thought it would be fitting to name her last year's Carer of the Year.
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