Dame Janet Trotter was the honorary guest speaker at a fundraiser for Gloucestershire Young Carers.
The event, held at The Swan Hotel in Bibury, was organised by Cotswold District Council Chair Sir Edward Horsfall as part of fundraising activities for his Chairman’s Charities Appeal.
Sir Edward has raised more than £4,000 during the past two years for his chosen charities Gloucestershire Young Carers and the Cotswold branch of The Stroke Association.
At this, his final benefit event for Gloucestershire Young Carers, Dame Janet gave a presentation about all that is involved in being a Lord Lieutenant. She said she had learned, over the years, what a positive ‘magical’ impact a royal visit can have upon communities and said: “It is rather like a blessing. They acknowledge the work of volunteers. They acknowledge the very very hard work that people do together.”
Guests also heard from young carer Gemma Gingell who talked about her experiences of caring for her Dad during his progressive Multiple Sclerosis. She also told of how Gloucestershire Young Carers had supported her for more than nine years. Now Gemma is a volunteer for the charity and is involved in awareness raising, fundraising and peer mentoring.
Sir Edward is involved in launching The Friends of Gloucestershire Young Carers, encouraging like-minded members of society and the business community to commit to raising funds to save Gloucestershire Young Carers’ respite groups from closure.
Sir Edward says: “Having met many young carers who benefit from this wonderful charity I decided to become an on-going supporter. I hope that, together with colleagues such as Sir Henry Elwes, we can raise the profile of this worthwhile cause even further and encourage more people to raise money for the charity so that it can continue doing its excellent work with young carers.”
The charity, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, now supports more than 1000 young carers between the ages of 8 and 24 whose lives are affected considerably by having someone in their family who is ill, disabled, experiencing mental ill health or who is affected by substance misuse.