The founders of a lifeline service for carers in Hartlepool have been recognised after two rooms were named after them at the organisation they set up.
Family members of Peggy Mordaunt and Hilda Hamilton were present to see the rooms at the town’s Carers Centre officially unveiled.
Hartlepool Carers was Hilda’s brainchild, born out of her experience of caring for her late husband Jim.
Hilda recognized that everyone who cares for a loved one needs a break themselves, and often just knowing there is someone there to offload to can mean the difference between giving up and carrying on.
She founded Hartlepool Carers four years after her husband’s death.
Hilda was later presented with an MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2002 for her services to charity.
She died aged 91 at the beginning of this year.
Hilda’s friend Peggy was also instrumental in setting up the organisation back in 1996.
She passed away last year.
“I think the unveiling of both rooms has been quite emotional for the staff and the families of the two ladies,” said centre manager Christine Fewster.
“I’m quite new to the organisation after only starting here in July, but to hear the history of how things were set up is quite heartwarming.
“To see where they started and the dedication that they both put in makes you want to continue the great work that is being done in Hartlepool.”
Nieces of Hilda, Maria Ward and Melanie Hornsby, and Peggy’s cousin Maggie Huntley, were all present at the unveiling of the dedicated rooms.
Christine added: “Hilda’s room is for our adult carers to use for poetry groups, one to ones with carers and other meetings.
“The room named after Hilda is a conference room which is also multi-purpose.
“In the new year we are hoping to refurbish the rooms, but we wanted to to give the ladies their plaques as soon as we could.
“We wanted to make sure that we remember where we come from.
“Since the ladies set the centre up we have expanded quite significanly, but it’s important to remember that if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today.”