A care worker from Falmouth has been named "outstanding" at the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Care and Support Awards, but has credited the team she works with for her success.

Beckie Cox was among 400 people nominated for the Outstanding Supported Housing Worker of the Year and walked away with the award at a ceremony at the Eden Project last week.

Cornwall Adult Health & Social Care Learning Partnership are behind the awards and said the winner of Beckie's award had to be someone who has made an "outstanding contribution" to the care and/or support of others.

The judging panel sought evidence that Beckie, who works at FalCare, has gone beyond what might be routinely expected of her and that she is highly regarded by the people she cares for and/or by her colleagues.

Before attending the awards ceremony Beckie, aged 45, knew she had made it through to the final three, but was stunned to hear she had actually won.

"I don't do self praise," she said modestly. "I think it's a team effort that makes the centre what it is. I am proud of myself and to be recognised as an outstanding provider is amazing."

Beckie, who is Falmouth born and bred, has worked in the care sector for 30 years. She spent 15 years at Curnow School, some time at St Christopher's and has been at FalCare for the past nine years.

"I love my job and have never wanted to do anything different," she said. "I love to be able to help clients achieve that they want to do."