Carers in Hertfordshire take campaign to Parliament

PUBLISHED: 12:44 20 July 2014

From back left, carers Jan Burt, Winifred Goulden, Carers in Hertfordshire trustee Mike Ormerod. From front left, Carers in Hertfordshire CEO Michele Stokes, Carers Involvement Manager Roma Mills, carers Professor Stephen Dilworth and Albert Binns at Portcullis House

From back left, carers Jan Burt, Winifred Goulden, Carers in Hertfordshire trustee Mike Ormerod. From front left, Carers in Hertfordshire CEO Michele Stokes, Carers Involvement Manager Roma Mills, carers Professor Stephen Dilworth and Albert Binns at Portcullis House

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Herts dementia carers have taken their campaign for better support to the Houses of Parliament.

They are part of group Carers in Hertfordshire, who provide support and assistance to carers, and have put the case for the commissioning of specialist nursing care in the county.

St Albans MP Anne Main said she was part of the sandwich generation who were carers for elderly parents while still supporting their own children.

Winifred Golden who comes from St Albans, has been caring for her husband since he developed Lewy body dementia before he was 50. She said: “We only survived thanks to an amazing social worker signposting us to resources and the disability equipment we need.”

One of the driving factors behind the journey to Westminster was the closure of the Admiral Nurse pilot in Stevenage earlier this year due to lack of funding.

St Albans county councillor Roma Mills, who is also the Carers in Hertfordshire Carers involvement manager, said: “Too many carers are being left to cope on their own.”

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