This month we mark Carer’s Week, a chance to recognise and celebrate unpaid carers right across the UK.
With an estimated 6.8 million carers known to be looking after a loved one in the UK alone, it’s likely that as you’re reading this letter, a carer is too.
The support carers provide for their loved ones is made of utter devotion. Sadly, it’s also true that many carers live in hardship and with an estimated 1.4 million people providing over 50 hours of unpaid care per week, it’s unsurprising that many begin to feel the pressure.
Our own research found that over half of carers did not know how they would be able to cope if things continued the way they were. Not surprising when you consider that more than 5 out of 10 had been caring for 10 years or more and 9 out of 10 carers are not able to access proper breaks away.
I work for Revitalise – an amazing national charity that provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers. We see for ourselves the vital importance of respite in preventing carers from reaching breaking point - to enjoy time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
We recently launched our Spring Appeal to support disabled people and carers in financial hardship and in need of a break – with your generosity we can ensure we’re always there to lend a helping hand to disabled people and carers when they need it most. Please support our vital work.
To find out more about Revitalise, request a brochure or to support our appeal please visit: www.revitalise.org.uk or call: 0303 303 0145.
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