The tireless work of carers who provide essential support and practical care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses is being celebrated this week.
St Richard’s Hospice – based in Worcester – held a Carers’ Tea Party on Tuesday 12 June as part of its support of national Carers’ Week.
Carers’ Week is an annual campaign which highlights the challenges faced by the millions of carers around the UK, while raising awareness of the support they provide to relatives, friends and even neighbours.
Nationwide, there are around 6.5 million people giving unpaid care to loved ones or friends who are ill, disabled or frail. Care can include anything from helping someone get dressed, to administering medication and managing money.
Jane Welch, St Richard’s Carers Group Facilitator, said: “Many carers of people with life- limiting illnesses feel isolated and in desperate need of backup from charities like St Richard’s. We not only recognise their hard work and commitment, we also appreciate the many challenges that come along with caring for a loved one. Our annual tea party is a way of allowing our patients’ carers to enjoy a relaxed few hours with others in a similar position.”
There are a host of resources available at St Richard’s to help support those caring for people living with life-limiting illnesses.
Carers can access expert advice from social workers, counsellors, clinical nurse specialists, Citizens Advice Bureau and other professionals.
In addition, carers can also come along to the Carers’ Group, which is held twice monthly and is specifically aimed at supporting St Richard’s carers looking after loved ones with life-limiting conditions.
For more information about the Carers’ Group call Jane Welch, Community Volunteers Co-ordinator at St Richard’s Hospice on 01905 763963.
For more information about Carers’ Week visit www.carersweek.org.
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.
St Richard’s has launched the Build 2020 Appeal which aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire. The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.