Tribute to Ketton woman who helped found Carers’ Sitter Service

Peggy Mitchell, who helped set up the Carers' Sitter Service
Peggy Mitchell, who helped set up the Carers' Sitter Service

CARERS have paid tribute to “an amazing woman with a lot of foresight” who died last month.

Peggy Mitchell, from Spinney Road, Ketton, helped found the Carer’s Sitter Service, which offers support to permanent carers.

Peggy, who was 88 when she died on August 10, cared for her husband for many years without any outside help.

She realised that permanent carers such as herself could benefit from sitters who could give them have a break from their duties and let them maintain their own interests.

She helped start the Carer’s Sitter Service, which serves Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings, Rutland and east Northamptonshire, and it became a registered charity in 1994.

It was the first sitter service in Lincolnshire and is still going strong today.

Chairman of the service Pauline Adkins praised Peggy’s vision and commitment.

She said: “Peggy was an amazing woman with a lot of foresight.

“She was a very caring person and having looked after for her husband for years she knew the exact needs of a carer.

“I have very fond memories of Peggy. She was a great friend to the organisation and we really do miss her.”

Peggy’s funeral took place on August 21 at St Mary’s Church in Ketton.

The Carers’ Sitter Service relies on donations and only two part-time staff are employed.

The sitters are all trained volunteers who state the amount of time they wish to give.

The only qualifications required are that they are caring and reliable people.

If you are interested in volunteering for or supporting the service, call 01780 481480 9.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday and Thursday, or e-mail sitterservice@tiscali.co.uk.