MORE than 70 carers gathered at the Kindle Centre in Hereford to mark national Carers’ Rights Day.

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, a life peer and patron of Herefordshire Carers Support, was the guest speaker and talked about the importance of unpaid carers being recognised by government.

There was applause when carers were told about Herefordshire Council’s decision not to charge family carers for respite relief.

The event also included reports from Wye Valley NHS Trust and the 2gether NHS Trust, which provides mental health services, about the Herefordshire Carers Charter one year on.

There was an overview of carers’ rights from public law solicitor Kate Whittaker and a topical carers’ question time.