The Carer Support Wiltshire, Time For Carers Appeal is raising £25,000 to give the thousands of unpaid carers we support a break, and we need your help to reach our target.
“One thing all carers say – whatever their age – is that they need a little time for themselves. Yet our research shows one in three carers never have a weekend or evening break from their caring role, and one in three feel guilty if they do. Many don’t have time to enjoy some of the things we all take for granted, like a trip to the cinema, taking part in a sporting activity or spending time with friends. This can affect their physical and mental wellbeing and lead to feelings of isolation, “said Catharine Hurford, CSW Chief Executive.
“All the money we raise through this appeal will go directly to enabling carers to have a bit of time to themselves.”
We are calling on businesses to back the appeal by making CSW their Charity of the Year. Individuals or groups and organisations can get involved with fundraisers or sponsored events.
Ray Chapman, from Aldbourne, spent more than a year caring for his wife, Vera, when she was ill. He is now a volunteer for CSW. He said: “I am a bandsman, and still managed to get out to band practise once a week when Vera was ill because our son could take care of her, but overall I had very little time for myself so think this appeal is an excellent idea.”
Helen Taylor, from Salisbury, cares for her 18-year-old daughter Maja Reeve, who was born with the rare condition Kleefstra Syndrome. Maja has a range of issues, include severe learning difficulties. Helen said: “During the day Maja is at school, but like most people there is lots to do and I’m kept busy. In the evenings, unless Maja has an activity, I spend my time helping her. This appeal will be fantastic because it will help carers like me to have a little break once in a while.”
Hannah Gale, 18, from Trowbridge, along with her parents helps care for her 17-year-old brother. He has non-verbal autism and suffers from severe epileptic seizures. Hannah is studying for her A’levels and has a plans to go to Imperial College London in the autumn. Hannah said: “For everybody else something like going to the cinema or having a break seems such a small, normal thing to do, but for a carer it is a blessing; just to be able to relax for a while and remember the things you used to enjoy is wonderful.”
Find out more about the appeal here: http://carersinwiltshire.co.uk/i-want-to-help/