A BUSINESSMAN and an ex-footballer have cut the ribbon at the opening of a new support centre.
Carl Hopkins, who starred on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, joined ex-Sunderland full-back John Kay to unveil the Easington District Carers Support Centre, in Peterlee.
Mr Hopkins, who visited Easington three years ago as part of television’s Secret Millionaire series, marked his fourth return to the region by opening the charity’s new office.
The leader of the support centre, Carole Williams, said: “Easington has one of the highest rates of unpaid carers in the country with hardly any getting rewards or recognition.
“It’s really nice to have a couple of big names with us to support us and to help us say that we are here in Peterlee and we need to stay here because it is important for us to stay locally based so that we can help who we need to help.”
Mr Hopkins opened the proceedings with a speech where he described carers as “an invisible force that support the NHS” and he then said how his work with Carole has progressed since meeting her as part of the Channel 4 reality series.
“When I first became involved, the group were hidden away in a makeshift office and now to see them in a dedicated space is great,” said Mr Hopkins.
“It’s nice to see to the progression the centre has made and to see it come to life.”