Queen honours chairperson of local carers’ charity with MBE 

Anne Grant
Anne Grant

Carers in Bedfordshire’s former chair, Anne Grant has received an MBE in the  New Year’s Honours  list  for services to the charity.

The award was made in recognition of Anne’s unwavering commitment to the needs of unpaid carers across Bedfordshire, principally through her work with Carers in Bedfordshire.

Anne  joined the  charity  soon after it was founded  by Yvonne Clark  in 2004 , volunteering as  a telephone befriender and a trustee.

From here, Anne  went on to be chair of the charity from 2010 to 2017 and she oversaw  a period of great change  as the  organisation  evolved into  becoming the well-established and respected charity that it is today.

On the news of her honour,  Anne said, “During the 13 years I was on the board and the seven years as chair  I  saw  Carers in Bedfordshire’s  amazing growth into a professionally run organisation which still retains the family feel for staff and carers alike.

“I feel hugely privileged to have been associated with such a vibrant and much needed organisation alongside caring for my husband.”

Anne herself  has been  a carer for her husband, Forbes, for 28  years since he suffered a stroke, leaving him tetraplegic without speech.

Anne  is a role model, not only as  a  carer  but also  for her contribution to the  local  community in R enhold and for  the  leadership  she showed whilst on the Board of Carers in Bedfordshire.

Paying tribute to Anne’s contribution to  the  charity, Carers in Bedfordshire chair, Emma Wilkinson said, “Anne has  drawn on her personal experience as a family carer to help many others in Bedfordshire.

“It is testimony to Anne’s warmth as a person as well as her determination,  that carers should  get the best support available  through  the  charity’s services:  information, peer support, training and advice.

“Anne  ensured that these services  retain a personal feel  whilst being delivered in a professional and effective way.

“We are thrilled that Anne is being recognised for the important work she has done  for family carers.

“ She has been instrumental in creating a sustainable  support  organisation to meet the needs  of the growing number and diversity of carers in Bedfordshire.”

Carers in  Bedfordshire supports unpaid carers who provide vital support to their family or friends who may be frail, ill, disabled or have mental health or addiction problems.

This work is predominantly funded through Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and the local NHS Commissioning Group.

“The charity continues to be driven by carers’ needs as we remain governed by persons, like Anne, who have been or are currently in a caring role themselves,” said Emma.

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