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Dedicated Supporter of Carers Movement: A fond Farewell to Baj Mathur Chairman of Hillingdon Carers after 12 years of Voluntary Service
Bernadette Ziuziakowska, Chief Executive of Hillingdon Carers writes that Baj
and his wife Sharda cared for his elderly mother who suffered from Dementia and
Parkinson diseases for some nine years until she died in 1999. It is during this
time Baj came in contact with Hillingdon Carers, a local charity with a mission
to support Carers. He joined this organisation and became its Chairman in 1996.
Hillingdon Carers is affiliated to The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, one of
the major national organisations, with 133 centres spread around the country.
The Trust, apart from providing practical and strategic guidance to Carers organisations,
gives them the voice in Parliament.
As its Chair for the past 11 years, Baj developed the initial strategy for expansion and worked tirelessly to ensure that the service continued to respond to local needs. Unlike the fragmented service in some of the neighbouring boroughs, Hillingdon Carers provides an integrated, comprehensive and effective service to approximately 2700 carers. However, there are an estimated 26,000 carers in Hillingdon (one eighth of the population). It is a service through which both carers and cared for feel fully supported. Its extent and quality are the direct result of Baj’s dynamic, innovative, and committed leadership.
Professionally Baj is a Chartered Architect and Town Planner and worked with Harrow Council till he retired in 1993. He is still a member of the Executive Committee of Harrow Heritage Trust which is a local Amenity Society with the aim to preserve and enhance the natural and built environment.