Hillingdon Carers is backing Britain’s Best Breakfast
There are over 25,000 carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon
Hillingdon Carers is gearing up to take part in Britain’s Best Breakfast, a national fundraising campaign organised by Carers Trust, raising money to support unpaid carers.
There are over 25,000 carers in Hillingdon, many of whom would struggle without support from Hillingdon Carers. Many carers do not know they are a carer and that there is help out there for them.
Britain’s Best Breakfast will encourage people to hold a breakfast event during October 17-19 2014 for their friends, family and work colleagues and raise money for Carers Trust.
For more information about the campaign text egg to 70660 or visit www.britainsbestbreakfast.org
Money raised locally through Britain’s Best Breakfast will help Hillingdon Carers support more unpaid carers in the borough through its direct work with carers.
The services we offer range from welfare benefits advice to breaks from caring such as carer cafes, trips, Active Gold exercise programme and the therapeutic care service run in partnership with British Red Cross.
Last year alone the organisation’s Carers Advisers helped carers to claim nearly £750,000 in benefit entitlements.
As young people start to return to study after the summer break, a report by Carers Trust shows that one quarter (26%) of young carers have experienced bullying at school because of their caring role. As well as working closely with schools and youth services, Hillingdon Carers also provides a programme of clubs, emotional support, training and creative and adventure activities for the boroughs young carers, some as young as four years old.
Hillingdon Carers is a Network Partner of Carers’ Trust, the UK’s largest charity supporting carers. Nationally, there are seven million unpaid carers in the UK and three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. Research also shows that:
- In England and Wales, just under one million (950,000) people over 65 are carers.
- 65% of older carers (aged 60–94) have long-term health problems or a disability themselves.
- One in five carers gives up employment to care.
The highly-skilled team at Hillingdon Carers currently works with over 300 young people between ages of 5-18 years and nearly 5,000 adult carers.
Sally Chandler, the Chief Executive at Hillingdon Carers says
“We know from talking to the carers that we support that many of them do struggle with their caring responsibilities. Many have to give up full time employment, often creating financial difficulties for the extended family. Many also become lonely, isolated and ill themselves because of the physical and emotional toll that caring can take.
That’s why we need to offer them help, advice and breaks and why we are taking part in this fundraising campaign to help many more carers in our area. Carers come from all walks of life and almost all will need support from a service like ours.”
One parent carer describes the difference that the support has made to her life:
“When my son was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia I felt that my life had come to an end and over the years I began to lose my faith in humanity as slowly my friends and family began to desert me. On my first visit to the Hillingdon Carers and British Red Cross therapeutic care service in Ruislip I was filled with trepidation and anxiety but my fears were allayed in seconds as a shining angel in white escorted me into a quiet and calm room. I then experienced for the first time in seventeen years the joy of someone who really listened to my story of heartache and pain genuinely showing an interest. I no longer felt alone in my suffering.
My hands and upper back were gently massaged and I could feel the tension begin to evaporate. I had walked into heaven and could not believe what it difference it had made. I have now had six sessions and it has changed my life. I feel that I can keep going with caring for my son because I have been uplifted and because there are people who care and who do not cross onto the other side of the road.”