Charity for unpaid carers celebrates 21st birthday in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:55 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:02 04 October 2016

Carers in Herts staff at the 21st anniversary celebrations.

Carers in Herts staff at the 21st anniversary celebrations.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Carers in Hertfordshire, which provides information and support to unpaid carers, celebrated its 21st birthday with a cake and a display of the charity's milestones.

A cake celebrating the 21st anniversary of charity Carers in Hertfordshire.A cake celebrating the 21st anniversary of charity Carers in Hertfordshire.

The event was held at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield on Thursday, September 29, and was attended by around 200 carers and professionals working in health and social care.

Charity staff cut the cake alongside guest speaker and Carers UK chief executive Heléna Herklots, and carer Brigitte Bevan, from WGC, who has been caring for her son for 21 years.

The charity highlighted its priorities for the coming years, including supporting more male carers and helping carers through transition such as moving from children’s to adult services.

Heléna and Chris Badger, Hertfordshire County Council’s operations director for older people and learning disabilities, spoke about what is happening for carers locally and nationally.

Chief executive of Carers UK Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers in Herts Michèle Stokes, carer Brigitte Bevan and Carers in Herts chair of trustees Mike Ormerod cut the cake at their 21st anniversary celebrations.Chief executive of Carers UK Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers in Herts Michèle Stokes, carer Brigitte Bevan and Carers in Herts chair of trustees Mike Ormerod cut the cake at their 21st anniversary celebrations.

Michèle Stokes, Carers in Hertfordshire chief executive, said: “It was brilliant to welcome so many carers to our Annual Event for Carers as I appreciate how difficult it can be to take time out from caring.

“We feel it is important that carers have a voice and that events like this enable carers to share their views with people planning or commissioning services.”

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