Wiltshire’s oldest business has hosted the launch of a charity appeal which aims to give time to the county’s carers.
Carer Support Wiltshire launched a £25,000 appeal to give the thousands of unpaid carers they support a break at jewellers W.Carter & Son – founded in 1817 – in Salisbury on Friday.
The Time for Carers appeal aims to raise the money by July – and the charity is already a third of the way there, thanks to donations and grants.
The funds will be used to help some of the county’s 47,500 unpaid carers who look after loved ones, to have time for themselves, away from caring - whether that’s to take an exercise class, see friends, have a pamper session or just enjoy some quality time.
The launch coincides with national Young Carers Awareness Day on Thursday, January 26.
“Here at CSW we support adult carers, working closely with our partners to improve the identification and recognition of young carers,” said Catharine Hurford, CSW chief executive.
“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.
“All the money we raise through this appeal will go directly to enabling carers to have a bit of time to themselves.”
The charity hopes businesses will back the appeal by making it their adopted charity. Individuals or groups and organisations are being invited to hold fundraisers or sponsored events.
For more information about the appeal and how to raise money or make a donation visit http://carersinwiltshire.co.uk/ or contact Carer Support Wiltshire free on 0800 181 4118.