Fantastic event which celebrated carers across West Cumbria

The general public remain ‘in the dark’ about the number of carers in their own families, friendship groups and places of work, according to research released by Carers UK for Carers Rights Day in November 2017. Despite carers representing 1 in 10 people in the UK, more than half of those surveyed believed they did not know a single friend or family member who was looking after a loved one.

Every day 6,000 people become carers, looking after family or friends who are older, disabled or seriously ill.

It’s essential that carers get the support they need to maintain their health and well-being. Organisations across West Cumbria came together to hold a free event on Wednesday 13th June at St Michaels Church, Workington.

Michelle Tinnion, Family and Bereavement support worker for Hospice at Home West Cumbria said, “Within my role at Hospice at Home I felt it was important to hold this free event to recognise and celebrate carers across West Cumbria. I wanted to encourage a collaborative working environment and a place where community members and organisations could meet all under one roof.”
“I’d like to thank West Cumbria Carers, MS Society, Better Leisure Workington, Age UK West Cumbria, Seaton and Seacliff Pharmacy, NHS OT representatives and Cumbria County Council Community Services for their attendance and support on the day.”

“A HUGE thank you to Muffin Break Workington and Greggs for suppling delicious muffins, cakes and cookies for us to offer to our visitors on the day. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and continuing support that follows on from the support we received last year for our Dying Matters campaign. Thank you also to St Michaels Church for allowing us to use your fantastic facilities and Parish Room.”

Lilian Simmonds, Senior Hospice Nurse said, “This event was a great opportunity for carers to connect with other services and to find support. A carer known to Hospice at Home West Cumbria was put in touch with health care providers who will help to improve the care for her husband and to help them plan for the future.”

Michelle McGibbon, Fundraiser for West Cumbria Carers said, “We were delighted to work alongside other organisations in order to highlight what support is available for carers locally. We support carers on a day-to-day basis so understand how important it is to receive support.”