Potter-ing around in the park

Harry Potter fans Steven Mitchell and Connor Readymarcher taking part in the fun day at Hardwick Park as part of the Easington District carers support centres activities.
Harry Potter fans Steven Mitchell and Connor Readymarcher taking part in the fun day at Hardwick Park as part of the Easington District carers support centres activities.
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WITCHES and wizards helped to show their support for some unsung heroes.

A Harry Potter-themed day entertained youngsters and had a serious message at its core.

A magician entertains children at the Harry Potter day held at Hardwick Park as part of the Easington District carers support centres activities.

A magician entertains children at the Harry Potter day held at Hardwick Park as part of the Easington District carers support centres activities.

The event was organised by Easington District Carer Support Centre, which offers a variety of services for family members who work as unpaid carers for loved-ones.

It was put together to give carers and their families a magical day out.

Carol Williams, from County Durham, has been Primary Care Carer Support Worker at the centre for seven years.

“The event is one of the most necessary things we do,” she said.

“It gives positive family therapy. We always get such good feedback from families who come.

“It’s a free event so people are only paying for transport costs.”

Respite breaks, relaxation therapy and monthly support groups are among the services on offer at the centre, as well as annual event at Hardwick Park, Sedgefield.

Carol, 44, said: “I think its success is down to the fact we have an extremely productive team, who are dedicated to bringing together these families.

“It’s about recognising these carers as well who sometimes blend into the background.

“If there is someone disabled or ill, there is always someone looking after them and they don’t get the recognition they deserve.”

The day’s festivities included a magician, a Hogwarts buffet and birds from Durham Falconry Experience.

Carol said: “It’s great to have mums, dads, children, grandparents, all members of the family, coming along and enjoying themselves.

“We are passionate about bringing families together for positive family therapy like this.”