Carer Support Wiltshire are asking people to help raise awareness of the area’s 47,000 unpaid carers with a breakfast.
Carer Support Wiltshire is one of national charity Carers Trust’s locally based Network Partners. Carers Trust and its Network Partners work across the UK, providing services to unpaid carers locally, ranging from emotional support to hands on practical help and access to education, training and employment.
There are 7 million unpaid carers in the UK, caring for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. The figure doesn’t include young carers, which is estimated to be 700,000 across the UK.
Catharine Hurford from Carer Support Wiltshire said: “We’re asking the people of Wiltshire to help us celebrate the hard work that our unpaid carers undertake every single day by taking part in Britain’s Best Breakfast.”
Currently 10% of the UK adult population are unpaid carers and alarmingly, 3 in 5 of us will be carers at some point in our lives.
“For many carers, the morning is the most difficult time of the day and they often have to skip breakfast because they simply don’t have time for it,” comments Catharine.
“Hosting a breakfast is a great way to raise money and also raises awareness of unpaid carers missing out on what is the most important meal of the day.”
Britain’s Best Breakfast takes place 10-16 October and people are asked to host a breakfast for friends, family and colleagues to help raise money to support more of Wiltshire’s unpaid carers. If breakfast really isn’t your thing, then you can still support the campaign by donating the cost of a cup of coffee.
How will the money you raise help? Well, apart from helping to fuel the nation’s carers…
£12 could offer support through a counselling session for a carer, giving them the chance to voice their concerns and gain reassurance.
£15 could give a young carer a few carefree hours by giving them the opportunity to take part in a range of activities from arts and crafts to sport.
£50 could go towards providing a carer with a much needed respite break. This is so important as so often carers go for months or even years without a break
£75 can save valuable time for an exhausted carer by going towards a washing machine or dishwasher – a vital piece of equipment for a carer