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Founder of county carer charity to step down, but says there is still work to be done

Carers in Hertfordshire founder Sue Reeve, left, and new chief executive Michele Stokes

Carers in Hertfordshire founder Sue Reeve, left, and new chief executive Michele Stokes

 

The founder of Hertfordshire’s leading carer charity is to retire after 19 years in the role.

Chief executive of Carers in Hertfordshire Sue Reeve will step down next month after growing her idea into successful organisation supporting more than 12,500 carers across the county.

It had been Sue’s dream to form a new charity run mostly by and for unpaid family and friend carers, to give them a voice in society and a platform to be heard.

She set up the charity in 1995 with just four staff members, and now has a team of 35 staff and more than 100 volunteers.

Though she is retiring on June 27, Sue believes there is still work to be done to support carers. She said: “We have lobbied for more rights but in the tangled world of health and social care too many continue to miss out.

“The biggest challenge remains to make it easier for carers to get the support they need.

“It has been a privilege and great joy to work with carers, the cause is in my blood, however, the time is right for the charity and for me personally to make a change.

“The right team is in place to continue to provide carers with support and to improve on services.”

Fellow county resident Michele Stokes will be stepping up to Sue’s post, with a handover period beginning on June 2.

Michele has worked as executive director of the Haringey Women’s Forum for the last 10 years and acted as chairman of Haringey’s Domestic Violence Operational Group, as well as having her own experience of caring for a loved one.

 

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