DENISE Morrison says the help and support she receives from Hartlepool Carers is “vital”.
The 52-year-old is a full-time carer for a close family member and she has received support from the organisation since 1994.
The mum-of-one, of Swalebrooke Avenue, has been caring all of her life, first for her dad and then her mum and now in her current caring role.
Denise said: “As a carer you are constantly worrying about someone else and you often forget about yourself and your own health can suffer as a result.
“Through Hartlepool Carers though I have enjoyed pamper sessions, craft sessions, been on computer courses, including the one I am currently doing, accessed their benefits advice service and they also provide a lot of peer support programmes as well.
“The service provided really is vital to carers in Hartlepool as you can ring them up whenever and just have a chat.
“If anybody is caring for someone in Hartlepool and isn’t accessing Hartlepool Carers then I would strongly urge they do.”
Denise added: “Being a carer can often be quite a lonely experience but people are not alone, the support is out there and that has always been a big help for me.”