Surgery staff to go extra mile to thank full-time carers

Brook Health Centre, Towcester. Staff going on a fundraising walk, back from the left, Lesley Driscoll, Karen Wheeler and Julia Jones. Front from the left, Pam Mason-Evans and Tracy Marshall.'130418M-C329
Brook Health Centre, Towcester. Staff going on a fundraising walk, back from the left, Lesley Driscoll, Karen Wheeler and Julia Jones. Front from the left, Pam Mason-Evans and Tracy Marshall.'130418M-C329

Health centre workers in Towcester will be saying ‘thank you’ to those who nominated them for a county award by taking part in a sponsored walk to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Association and Northants Carers.

On May 11, nine members of staff from the Brook Health Centre, including doctors, nurses and administration staff, will take part in the Waendel Walk in Wellingborough to raise money for the two charities.

In January the centre won Best GP Supporting Carers at the Jane Roebuck Northants NHS Carers Award.

Martin Tilly-Reed, who nominated the centre for the award, is the full-time carer to civil partner Richard Reed-Tilly, who was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in 2004.

Mr Tilly-Reed said health centre staff regularly went ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ in booking emergency appointments for his partner, but also made sure he was supported as a carer.

He added: “As a carer it means a awful lot because you do worry about the person you care for, they are your priority.”

Practice manager Julia Jones said: “As result of being at the awards ceremony, we saw what carers in Northants go through for their loved ones and really wanted to do more than just say thank you.”

Anyone who wants to support the Brook Health Centre walks can fill in a sponsorship form or make a donation at the surgery or by visiting its website at www.brookhealthcentre.co.uk.

It is estimated carers save health and social services around £120bn a year nationally. In Northants there are about 70,000 carers, according to www.wholooksafteryou.co.uk.