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FREE information events on personal care budgets have been given the thumbs up by service users.

Former teachers Andrew and Abi Stevens, of Widdrington Station, have embraced the new adult social care system to help Abi receive the support she needs for living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

She was diagnosed with the disease in 1987 and when her condition deteriorated and she lost the use of her legs and arms Andrew gave up work to become her full-time carer.

Abi uses her personal budget for specialist equipment and massages, which provide vital pain relief.

Now Carers Northumberland and the Northumberland Care Trust are hosting sessions for carers to find out more about the system.

Andrew said: “These events are great as they are a relaxed way of getting information to people about personal budgets and the services and support available to them.”

Sessions will be held at Hirst Welfare, Ashington, on Wednesday, March 16, from 1pm to 3pm, and at The Fourways, Amble, on Tuesday, March 22, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For more details call 0844 800 7354.