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Carers UK Policy Director receives OBE from the Princess Royal in charity’s 50th anniversary year

08 October 2015

Carers praise Emily Holzhausen for her commitment to making life better for the UK’s 6.5 million carers.


Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, has been presented by the Princess Royal with an OBE for her services to carers. Ms Holzhausen was accompanied at the ceremony by husband and parents and was later joined by her two daughters to celebrate.

Emily Holzhausen OBE with daughters Isabella and Kristina outside Buckingham Palace

Ms Holzhausen has worked on carers issues for 23 years, of which she has spent the past 19 at Carers UK. She is one of the country’s foremost experts on carers’ issues. She leads on policy, parliamentary affairs, research and media work at Carers UK, as well as overseeing the charity’s vital advice and information services for carers.

Over the past quarter-of-a-century, Ms Holzhausen has fought for the rights and recognition of carers in the UK and has been instrumental in a number of landmark moments for carers. To name but a few, Ms Holzhausen has overseen for the charity carers winning the right to request flexible working, the introduction of Carers Credit, and, for the first time, carers being given equal rights as the people they care for in the Care Act.

Following the ceremony, Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK, said:

“It was such an honour to receive the Award.  It was wonderful to share the day with my family who have been very supportive of my work to secure better rights and support for carers. I’ve been extremely lucky to have worked with many brilliant and talented carers and colleagues in the charity, business, public and philanthropic sectors. Whilst I know we’ve made great progress in recognition and support for carers in some areas, I’m reminded every day that we still have much more to do particularly in financial support, recognition by the NHS and more investment in social care.”

Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said:

“We are absolutely delighted for Emily and would like to congratulate her on achieving such a prestigious honour. It is a very proud moment for Emily, her family, and all involved with Carers UK. Emily’s passion and commitment to improving the lives of the UK’s 6.5 million carers is second-to-none. As Carers UK celebrates 50 years of supporting carers, this deserving honour for Emily will mark another wonderful moment in the charity’s history.”

Margaret Dangoor cares full-time for her husband who has Alzheimer’s. As a Carers UK Local Ambassador, she dedicates many hours to working within her community to support local carers. Margaret reflects on Ms Holzhausen’s dedication to making life better for carers:

“Emily’s sincerity and commitment to her role at Carers UK made an impression on me right from our first meeting, now several years ago, and her humanity shines through.  As a carer, I recognise that an individual who is so in touch with the front-line day-to-day issues of caring and who is also able to represent carers at the highest level in relation to public relations, government strategy and policy development and research is of great value to the ‘carer cause’.  The many carers who know Emily personally or through her work are delighted that Emily has been awarded an OBE for services to carers.  The award is richly deserved.”

Kate Keays cared for her late husband for over 25 years. Now a Carers UK Local Ambassador, Kate helps carers in West Sussex access vital support services. Reflecting on her work with Ms Holzhausen, Kate said:

“As a carer, I first met Emily ten years ago and have been totally inspired by her commitment to carers. She has been instrumental in winning many new rights and opportunities for carers. She has changed the landscape for carers and inspired many to follow in her footsteps and we can’t thank her enough for all that she has done. I have loved working alongside her in my role as a volunteer Carers Ambassador for Carers UK and know that the world is a better place as a result of her work. I send my warmest congratulations as she receives this award, which she so very much deserves.”

Carers UK is celebrating its 50th Anniversary year with one simple message: no one should have to care alone. To find out more, visit: www.carersuk50.org

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