Our Patrons

Clive Hirst, Patron

Clive Hirst


Email: admin@blackpoolcarers.org

The first 30 years of my life were spent as a teacher in deprived areas of the country. I chose to work with disadvantaged children because this is where the need is greatest. The problems of young carers were very evident and I was delighted when Carers Centres emerged to cater for the needs of young and older carers.

A career change enabled me to work in the voluntary and social enterprise sector. I have been a supporter of Blackpool Carers Centre from the very start. My job at The Council for Voluntary Service involved me in the first stages of planning for a Carers Centre in 2003. By 2008 I was selected as a Trustee, a post I occupied for almost 7 years. In the 4 years between 2009 and 2013 I was proud to lead the organisation as Chairman. My support for the Centre has not diminished, and I became a Patron in 2016.

Blackpool Carers Centre has enjoyed phenomenal success over these years, providing much needed support to more and more carers of all ages. Phenomenal success has been delivered by phenomenal people including staff, volunteers, Trustees and Patrons. Hundreds of businesses and private individuals have made their contributions and we no longer need to explain what a carer is.

Clive Hirst.

  • National Social Enterprise Place Ambassador
  • Chair of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Society for the Blind
  • Director of Social Enterprise Solutions
Danielle and John Barnett MBE DL, Patrons

Danielle and John Barnett MBE DL


Email: admin@blackpoolcarers.org

We are immensely pleased to be Patrons of Blackpool Carers Centre and are proud of the magnificent work it undertakes.

As a couple who were born and raised in Blackpool with our home, family and business here, we believe passionately in supporting local people and helping to ensure they get the most out of life, no matter what challenges they face.

In the early 1990s, we campaigned for Blackpool to have its own radio station to reflect the news and views of local people and, when we successfully won the licence for 96.5 Radio Wave, we ensured it met the needs of all sections of the community.

Blackpool at the time did not have a Carers Centre, but we were aware of the fantastic work that the Princess Royal Trust For Carers achieved in the North West and, through Radio Wave, we set a challenge to raise £96,500 to establish a centre in Blackpool. Local people and businesses were so generous in supporting the campaign and we soon raised the money to set up Blackpool Carers Centre. That campaign remains one of the lasting legacies of the radio station.

Through our personal experience we know there is not a ‘one size fits all’ carer. Some people warmly welcome the support while others don’t want to ask for help, or feel embarrassed to be in the position of being a carer. Rest assured, the professional staff at Blackpool Carers will not judge you or question you, especially if you feel you need a break from your caring role. We know life can be lonely as a carer; that you have fears about the future and that you have to make tough decisions in life. Just having someone to talk to at Beaverbrooks House will help to share that burden and give you and your family the strength for the future.

*Among the many business and charity positions held by John and Danielle, the pair are honorary fellows at Myerscough College in Lancashire.