Celebrating Welwyn Hatfield carers

THEY provide a valuable contribution to society and without their help thousands of lives would change for the worst.

Yes it can be safely said the role of a carer is often overlooked.

For the 100,000 unpaid carers in Hertfordshire – including 9,475 in Welwyn Hatfield – looking after an elderly, sick or disabled family member or friend can be a full-time job.

To celebrate the work and rights of carers, Carers in Hertfordshire hosted a prestigious event at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Hatfield on National Carers Rights Day on December 4.

Carers, politicians and representatives from organisations such as Herts County Council, who provide services for carers, attended the event.

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Speaking afterwards Sue Reeve, chief executive of Carers in Hertfordshire – opened in 1995 to ensure carers are recognised and valued – said: “It was great to see so many carers coming together to have their say on how we can make Hertfordshire a better place for them.

“Carers contribute so much to our society, not only to those they care for, but also to their communities, so it’s only right that they should be able to access the benefits, support and services they need.”

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Ms Reeve added: “I encourage anyone who looks after a friend or relative, unpaid at home, to get in touch with Carers in Hertfordshire.

“We could make a real difference.”

For more information on Carers in Hertfordshire call 01992 586969.

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