What better way to end Carers Week than to celebrate the tireless work people do to support carers? 

Two influential people working to support the needs of the UK’s 7m unpaid carers have now been honoured for their work at the weekend in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey gets a CBE for services to the transport industry and to charity. Hilary, 56, said: “In every sense of the word, this is a great honour and I am flattered and flabbergasted.

“It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work.

"So I dedicate my honour to Carers Trust, the Stroke Association and Fresh Start - New Beginnings and the other charities that I have tried to support, as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector.”

Our Chief Executive, Thea Stein, has said: “I was delighted to hear of Hilary’s award in The Queen’s Birthday Honours and am so pleased that the work she does for charities such as Carers Trust has been acknowledged.

“It is evident she is a woman of great drive and compassion and we are so grateful that she has decided to use those strengths in support of carers. Congratulations Hilary!”

Carers Trust are also delighted that Anne Smyth Deputy chair, Standing Commission on Carers has been awarded an OBE. 

Founder and director of Carers' Resource, Harrogate and Craven, Bradford and Airedale, Anne has received her honour for services to carers across North Yorkshire.