Local carers enjoyed the VIP treatment courtesy of the City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Carer Support Team invited carers to enter a competition to win tickets for them and the person they care for to see Wolverhampton Wanderers in action from the comfort of an executive box at Molineux Stadium.

And the lucky winners enjoyed last week's Premier League clash with league leaders Manchester City – even if the result didn't go the home team's way.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Our carers are all VIPs and it was great to be able to treat some of them as such at Molineux Stadium as guests of the council and Wolves. Although the result might not have been what they would have wanted, I am sure they all had a fantastic evening."

Kevin Haynes, who attended the match with his grandson Nathen who is a young adult carer, said he was ‘over the moon’ as he hadn't been to a game since the 1970s.

Sandra Harnett visited Molineux with her carer and husband Thomas, who runs a group for carers of people living with dementia. A key topic of conversation for the group is Wolves, and Thomas couldn't wait to get back to them to tell them about the match.

Meanwhile Balvinder Bassra accompanied her father Mohan Singh Sanghera to the game and said she and her dad were thrilled by the experience.

They were joined by the council’s Carer Support Team manager Lesley Johnson and Head of Adult Services Sandra Ashton-Jones.

The Carer Support Team offers a range of services for people who care for a friend, relative or neighbour in Wolverhampton, ensuring they are supported in their caring role, have access to the help they need and are able to claim the benefits they are entitled to. 

They provide practical information, guidance and advice on a range of matters including benefits and short breaks for carers, and offer a range of other services including carer assessments, the Carers Emergency Card and training in skills such as first aid.

For more information about the Carer Support Team, please call 01902 553409, visit Carer support, email carer.support@wolverhampton.gov.uk or follow WolvesCarers on Twitter and Facebook.