Heacham's Extra Hands homecare firm celebrates 25th anniversary
Extra Hands homecare firm based at Heacham is this month celebrating 25 years of serving clients in the community.
To mark the occasion North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham will be paying a visit to the business founded by director Hazel Evans, and her husband, David, when he took voluntary redundancy.
In the meantime earlier this year representatives from Extra Hands have been visiting carnivals and fairs across Norfolk this summer to raise awareness of what they do – and keep showgoers cool.
Said Hazel: “We’ve been all over the place this summer – the Hunstanton Carnival, Taverham Fayre, Lingwood School Fete, Sandringham Dog Show, Sheringham Carnival and Heacham Carnival – giving out bottles of water and sweets in Extra Hands bags, bringing some much needed comfort in the heat and also letting people know who we are and what we do."
What started out as a home cleaning service has now grown into a wider care agency particularly focused on sufferers from dementia, allowing them to continue living in the comforting familiarity of their own homes.
From its small local origins, Extra Hands now covers significant parts of Norfolk, and was the first organisation in the county to supply well-being check-ups, done as often as required, to reassure those with caring responsibilities who might not be able to fulfil that role as often as they would like.
Hazel said the challenges posed by an ageing population and the subsequent rise of conditions such as dementia made the service supplied by Extra Hands all the more important.
She said: "People are living longer now, but that also brings with it extra challenges, so what motivates us is to enable them to stay in their own homes for as long as they possibly can.
“The health needs of an ageing population are becoming ever-more complicated, and that’s where we can help out with our specialist services. That’s why we’ve been raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society at these fairs and summer events, as well as giving out helpful supplies.
“It also helps raise local awareness of what Extra Hands does, which is of course great for us as an organisation, but also really useful for people who might find themselves facing these challenges but don’t know we’re out there to help them.”