Time for Carers Appeal

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Our Time for Carers Appeal gives carers the gift of time – our most precious commodity.

Have you felt lonely, isolated or overwhelmed during the current COVID-19 crisis?

For the 47,000 unpaid carers who look after someone because of a disability, illness, frailty, mental health issues or substance misuse in Wiltshire, social isolation is nothing new.

Carers UK found that 40% of carers haven’t taken a day off their caring role in over a year.

Breaks are vital for carers to be able to deal with the physical and emotional strain of providing care, and to be able to continue in their role.

8 out of 10 carers struggle with loneliness and isolation because of their caring responsibilities.

The effect of not getting a rest from caring is shattering, with carers describing being close to breaking point, desperate for some time to themselves, to sleep, recuperate, and see friends and family.

In the coronavirus crisis, 55% of unpaid carers reported feeling overwhelmed and worried they were going to burn-out in the coming weeks.

Regular breaks have been proven to make the biggest impact when it comes to combating loneliness.

The Time for Carers Appeal removes financial barriers and provides the same chances for unpaid carers from all backgrounds to get the breaks they need; whether that’s going swimming, taking the kids to a football match or going to an art class with friends.

Make a one-off or regular donation and help us fund much needed breaks for unpaid carers to do the things they enjoy so they can recharge and not hit breaking point

Claire who looks after her seriously ill brother and elderly mum, was given the opportunity to take a short trip to the coast: “It wasn’t even just about being given the money to go away – it was about being seen and valued as a carer and given the recognition and support that enabled me to carry on.”

Help us to continue supporting carers like Claire to get the breaks they need, and the recognition and support they deserve.

Donate now on our JustGiving page.

To make your donation worth an extra 25p for every £1 donated, please claim GiftAid Status on JustGiving, or complete this form and return it to us with your cheque.

£10 could help a young adult carer (16-25) pay for transport to meet up with friends

£30 could mean that an older male carer can attend a cookery class to learn vital cookery skills and meet others in a similar situation to them.

£50 could enable a carer to who also suffers with health problems of their own get the reflexology and treatments they need to reduce pain and anxiety.

£100 could help a carer on the brink of crisis speak to a trained counsellor.

Get creative and fundraise for carers!

  • Host your own quiz and ask people to donate to join – download our quiz to get started!
    Picture round
    Quiz questions & answers
    For participants
  • Host a virtual raffle or silent auction
  • Give up something for charity! Do you bite your nails or want to give meat up for a month? Why not get sponsors and raise money for unpaid carers
  • Skip, run, jump or walk around your house or garden for a week or a month

From charity balls, to bake sales, or maybe you’d like to set yourself a personal challenge – whatever you love to do or want to do – turn it into an amazing fundraiser and help us to support even more carers.

Our friendly fundraising team are here to help you make it a success. We can visit your group or company, or give you a call to talk things through. Email us today at fundraising@carersupportwiltshire.co.uk

Other ways to support us

200 Club Lottery

Our 200 Club is a mini lottery draw held every month with half the takings going to Carer Support Wiltshire and the other half being given out as cash prizes. It’s a fun and easy way to help us raise money and support even more carers.  Download and print an entry form here.

Give while you shop

Give as You Live is one of the easiest ways to support a charity of your choice when you shop online. With over 4,000 leading stores participating including Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis and Amazon.

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know – same products, same prices – but with a big difference. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to Carer Support Wiltshire, every time you shop. Simply login to your Amazon account at smile.amazon.co.uk, select us as your chosen charity, and start shopping!

Give as you earn

Also known as payroll giving, give as you earn provides you with a regular, reliable way of helping us to plan better so we can help more carers in Wiltshire.

Donating a little every month straight from your pay is a hassle-free way to support us, whilst making your donation go further. It’s tax-free, which means every £1 you give us will only cost you 80p, or 60p if you’re a higher rate tax payer (the tax man donates the rest!).

You decide how much you would like to donate from your monthly salary. That amount is then automatically deducted from your gross pay, on the same day every month.

You can set up your regular donation by filling out this online form.

(Not sure if your employer offers Payroll Giving? You can check here.)