Help us raise £30,000 to give carers a break

Most of us live busy lives – there’s never quite enough time to fit in everything we’d like to do. For those who are caring for a loved one, being busy doesn’t quite cover it. Some carers have gone for years without a break because they can’t leave the person they care for alone and constantly worry about what could happen to their loved one if they do.

3 in 5 of us in the UK will become carers at some point. It’s rarely something you can plan for – illness or an accident suffered by a loved one can turn our lives upside down. While unpaid carers take on the role without question, they are often unprepared for the stress and impact on their own life and health.

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Claire’s story

In 2018, Claire was left with no carers to help look after her elderly mother who needs 24/7 care.

“The care agency left us in the lurch 5 1/2 weeks before Christmas. I was due to have an eye operation and my brother had been seriously ill. I was at my wit’s end. I was very tearful and crying every day. I felt trapped and isolated and just wanted to run away.”

We arranged for an urgent carers assessment review and crisis meeting. We couldn’t fix the care company situation, but we could offer support and arranged for the funding to give Claire a change of scenery and some time out.

Claire didn’t want to leave her mother, so we were able to pay for the family to go on a five day holiday to the coast in a hotel specially adapted for Claire’s mother.

“We had all been stuck within the same four walls – the holiday gave us opportunity to relax and gave me the time to think about what I was going to do and put things into perspective. I was able to clear my head and get back on track.

“It wasn’t even just about being given the money to get away – it was about being seen and valued as a carer and given the recognition and support that enabled me to carry on.”

We need your help to raise £30,000 and give unpaid carers the gift of some time for themselves

Just a few hours can make all the difference to a carer. It’s something to look forward to, something to help a person retain their sense of self, a way to reduce social isolation, a chance to ease the anxiety that many carers suffer from.

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In previous years our Time for Carers appeal has given carers the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy a 12 week course of hot yoga, twice a week
  • Pay for an annual cinema pass
  • Fund gym and swimming memberships at local leisure centres
  • Enjoy a day with treatments at Thermae Bath Spa
  • Have a family day out at Paulton’s Park
  • Fund driving lessons

Give the gift of time

Our appeal is aiming to raise £30,000 to give unpaid carers in Wiltshire some respite and time to themselves. Help us today by donating or fundraising for us.

Are you a business or community group?

If your business or community group would like to help us reach our Time for Carers target, please email or call us on 01380 871690 and ask to speak to the fundraising team.