Carers queue for discount passports at Letchworth launch

Trustee Andrew Mills, Leader of the NH District Council Cllr Lynda Needham, MP for North East Hertfo

Trustee Andrew Mills, Leader of the NH District Council Cllr Lynda Needham, MP for North East Hertfordshire Oliver Heald, Carers in Hertfordshire Health & Wellbeing manager Carole Whittle, NH District Cllr Trisha Cowley and East Area Librarian Rachel Bilton at the launch of the carers' passport card - Credit: Archant

There was a queue of carers collecting discount passports at a launch event last week.

The Carers’ Passport scheme, organised by Carers in Hertfordshire, was unveiled at Letchworth Library in Broadway for carers who live, work or care in Hitchin, Letchworth GC, Baldock, and the surrounding villages.

A total of 44 companies signed up to provide offers for carers including Boots branches in Letchworth GC and Hitchin, Halfords Auto Centre in Letchworth GC, plus a number of dry cleaners, florists, cafes, jewellers and an equestrian centre.

Vice-chairman of North Herts District Council (NHDC) Tricia Cowley attended the launch along with North East Herts MP Oliver Heald and NHDC leader Lynda Needham.

Elaine Hughes, 66, and her husband John, 61, of Merchants Walk in Baldock, look after their son Oliver, 25, who has schizophrenia.

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She said: “Oliver became mentally ill during his GCSEs. Apart from one spell in hospital Oliver has always lived at home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The passport is for me. I don’t get carers allowance and like most people money is tight so this will make a difference.”

For more information about the scheme, which carers can still take advantage of, visit

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