Carers Week marked by breakfast, cakes, lunch and more!

Hambleton and Richmond Carers Centre (HRCC) has embarked on a number of activities planned to mark Carers Week 2018.

The Northallerton-based charity is hoping that good food will help spread the word about the support they can offer to unpaid carers in the region.

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year’s theme is Healthy and Connected – encouraging carers to look after their own wellbeing to ensure they are then able to look after their loved ones.

Aiming to increase awareness of its services as well as fundraise to maintain and extend them, HR Carer’s Centre launched the week with a coffee morning on Monday (June 11) and will end it with a celebrity lunch on Thursday (June 15),

Its CEO, Helen Hunter, said one 6.5million people, ie one in eight adults, are currently providing unpaid care for a loved one or friend and this is expected to rise by almost 50pc by 2037.

“Currently, over three million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether,” she added.

“They play an essential role in today’s society and it is therefore vital that we support those people, give them the tools to continue their good work and, most importantly of all, make them feel valued.”

The Centre’s first event, a coffee for all members of its affiliated carers groups – Young Carers, Young Adult Carers, Parent Carers and Adult Carers and Ex-Forces – was followed by a cake ‘give away’ attended by  the Mayor of Northallerton, Councillor John Forrest. He helped Diane Ferguson (Carer Support Worker for Ex-Forces) hand out red, white and blue-iced cakes sporting little flags to the general public outside Northallerton Town Hall to increase awareness of the support available to Veterans, Carers of Veterans and to Veterans who are Carers.

All organisations that refer people to the Centre, such as social workers, local GP surgeries, school and voluntary service, were invited to visit the premises in Thurston Road and meet the staff and trustees while enjoying a coffee and croissant.

Highlight of the week is a fundraising lunch at Tennants Garden Room in Leyburn with speakers Chris Legard, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and owner of Scampston Hall near Malton with its grounds of 6,000 acres; and Mr Nigel Eaton who works at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate and who will talk about what goes on behind the scenes at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A few tickets are still available for the Lunch in the Garden, priced £400 for a table of ten or £42 for one ticket. To book, or for more information, call 01969 621146.

Also throughout the week, there are be displays in Darlington Building Society window (Northallerton branch), Sainsbury’s supermarket in the town, the Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrison and all the libraries in the two districts covered by the Carers Centre.

Ends

For more information, contact:

Debbie Calgie

Tel: 0777 333 4269

Email: Dcalgie@btinternet.com

Or CEO Helen Hunter at the Carers Centre

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