Compassionate carers, fantastic footie and vicious Vikings

Recently I had the privilege of meeting the Worcestershire Association of Carers. This group was formed 15 years ago and supports a huge number of carers who are looking after not only members of the family but others.

According to figures from the Census, there are 13, 434 unpaid carers in Wychavon with 2,791 of those providing more than 50 hours of unpaid care a week.

These people are often the unsung heroes of our time without even realising it.

I attended the presentation of awards at Droitwich High School on the 14th of July and while there I witnesses a group of pupils testing their skills with sound and vision effects in  the theatre.

It’s the first time I’ve had to wear sunglasses at a speech day.  Again, fantastic entertainment provided with the help of dedicated staff providing the sort of opportunities I never had during my school years.

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Me at the opening of the Norton Commemorative Garden

 

Above is a pictue of me at the opening of the Norton Community Garden at St. Peters Garden Centre, designed by local school children using the shape of a poppy in honour of Armed Forces being very close of course, to the old Norton Barracks.

The Norton Commemorative Garden

The Norton Commemorative Garden

I was delighted to attend the  Growers United Football Club tournament featuring the Wychavon Football Team who managed to reach the semi-finals, only being defeated by the eventual winners Growers United.  Thanks go to various members of Wychavon staff including Chris Brookes who I am told is putting a training programme in place for staff during the next 12 months in order to make the 2016 finals.

Me at the Growers United football tournament

Me at the Growers United football tournament

Growers United Footbal Tournament

Growers United Footbal Tournament

And finally a busy few days was capped by an encounter with Vikings and Saxons at the Pershore River Festival. It was a wonderful event which also featured an impressive display by the South Worcestershire Lifeguards Club who kept throwing members in the river to demonstrate their life-saving skills.

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I got caught between a Saxon and a Viking, help!

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The South Worcestershire Lifeguards Club demonstrated their skills

Bye for now

Val

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