Carers cared for during rare afternoon off

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MORE than 40 carers went to an afternoon garden party at The Hospice of St Francis.

West Herts College sent a team of trainee beauty therapists to give them manicures while therapists gave them free hand and back massages at the hospice’s Northchurch base.

Retail therapy included a stall by Apple and Sage jewellery and tea and home-made cake was available for guests of the ‘Put your feet up at St Francis’ event.

Organiser Polly Traxler, senior social worker at the hospice, said: “The afternoon was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many carers and offer them a little time to relax and meet others who are facing similar issues.”

The event on Friday marked the end of National Carers Week, which highlights the vital work done by those who provide unpaid care for the ill, frail or disabled.

The Hospice of St Francis provides trained home volunteers for people in its catchment area to look after the needy while their full-time carers take a break.

Kate O’Sullivan, a carer from Bovingdon, attends the hospice’s carers support group with Reverend Wilf Bahadur (both above) who volunteers at the hospice with the supportive care team.