Hello all, my name is Rita and I am secretary of the Freedom Stroke Group. As a carer resident in East Riding I am privileged to have been issued with a Carer Card. This card is very useful to me as it gives me peace of mind knowing that if anything happens to me when I am away from home it will give the alert that there is someone at home that needs help. This card also allows me to access many events where the carer goes free when accompanying my partner, for example the cinema, Hull Truck, Hull New Theatre to name but a few. The Carer Card is my official proof that I am a carer.
Unfortunately my carer friends who live in Hull do not have this card. The Freedom Stroke Group have brought this to the attention of Hull City Council and many of their councillors since the beginning of the group in 2012. We have continually spoken to health officials, The Carers Association, Age UK and many others, including our M.P’s, highlighting our concerns and the very real need for this card. All agreed it was wanted and should be made available however here we are 5 years later and still no card in sight for the people of Hull. I do sincerely hope that this unfair discrimination between the carers of Hull and those in the East Riding can be resolved in the near future. In the meantime the Freedom Stroke Group will continue the fight.