On Tuesday 3rd November 2015 we presented with his Carers’ Passport discount card closely followed by his wife Faiza, as the 5,000th (and 5,001st) carers to register for the card.
The couple care for their two daughters, who have hearing impairments and other health conditions.Rabah said: “Our caring role is heavy as we have many health appointments the girls must attend.”
Mr Gana explained the family found out about Carers in Hertfordshire and the Carers’ Passport discount card when they recently took the girls for their flu vaccine at their GP surgery. He said: “We are grateful to organisations such as Carers in Hertfordshire for the advice and support they provide and we are looking forward to using the discount card and getting some savings.”
Karen Denny, our Carers’ Passport Officer, said: “We introduced the Carers’ Passport to recognise the valuable role of unpaid carers and give them some financial benefits too! It’s humbling to hear from carers about the difference the card makes to them. Carers have told us that it has enabled them to treat themselves or a loved one, spend quality time with family or friends and helped them feel valued and less isolated.”
Chief Executive Michèle Stokes, said: “We’re delighted that carers have found this savings service beneficial as demonstrated by reaching and exceeding 5,000 cards issued. However, there are still thousands of unpaid carers in Hertfordshire who are not currently receiving our support or benefitting from our Carers’ Passport discount card and we’d welcome them getting in touch with us so they do not miss out.”
Businesses that are providing offers are seeing benefits too, with new or repeat customers and a sense of giving back to the community where they are based. Peter McAdden, Manager at The Fisherman in Stevenage, said: “The Carers’ Passport is a brilliant idea and enables our business to give something to carers, who are unsung heroes. It has helped us by providing advertising and new customers.”