More than 40 businesses across the county – including many in Dacorum – have pledged their support for unpaid carers.
Firms including Hemel Hempstead’s Boots and Sainsbury’s stores, as well two of the town’s GP surgeries, have been supporting the UK-wide Carers Week initiative, which drew to a close yesterday.
The campaign has seen businesses helping to raise money for the charity Carers in Hertfordshire, as well as awareness about the issues affecting people who care for their family, neighbours or loved ones without pay.
Carers in Hertfordshire currently supports around 12,500 carers throughout the county, but there are estimated to be more than 109,000 carers in the area in total.
Madeline and Dave Bulpit, of Grovehill, Hemel Hempstead, are two carers who have recently come to benefit from the charity’s help and are endorsing Carers Week.
They look after their son, aged 38, who has severe epilepsy and learning difficulties.
Dave said: “We were only assigned a social worker last year who told us about the carers’ meetings run by Carers in Hertfordshire.
“It’s so good to know that there are people around who can help us. We were caring on our own for nearly 30 years.”