Stevenage walk raises awareness of help for unpaid carers

PUBLISHED: 08:26 14 September 2018

Carers in Hertfordshire trustee and former chair Andrew Mills  sets off on the annual Fairlands Valley relay walk with the Mayor of Stevenage councillor Margaret Notley (right) and mayoress councillor Laurie Chester (left). Picture: DANNY LOO

Carers in Hertfordshire trustee and former chair Andrew Mills sets off on the annual Fairlands Valley relay walk with the Mayor of Stevenage councillor Margaret Notley (right) and mayoress councillor Laurie Chester (left). Picture: DANNY LOO

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More than 70 people have taken part in a walk to raise awareness of the support available for unpaid carers in our community.

Stevenage mayor Margaret Notley joined Carers in Herts’ annual walk around the lakes in Fairlands Valley Park this month.

Organiser and Stevenage-based carer Norman Phillips said: “We hold the event to raise awareness that there is help out there.

“There are over 11,000 people in Stevenage looking after someone who could not otherwise cope. The youngest carer is eight, ranging up to people who are 80 plus.

“The walk brings councillors, NHS staff and adult care services together with unpaid carers in an informal atmosphere.

“This year 72 people walked a minimum of one mile, up to 10 miles. The combined number of miles walked was about 275.

“This year we aim to raise £2,000 for Carers in Herts to help them seek out those bearing the caring load unsupported, and to help existing carers cope.”

For more information about Carers in Herts visit carersinherts.org.uk.

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