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Mayor pays tribute to carers at launch of £25,000 appeal

Jules Stambriadge and Jon Berridge from Carer Support Wiltshire with Richard Deacon and mayor Noel Barrett MortonJules Stambriadge and Jon Berridge from Carer Support Wiltshire with Richard Deacon and mayor Noel Barrett MortonThe mayor of Marlborough has paid tribute to the “unsung heroes” who care for a relative or friend at the launch of a £25,000 charity appeal to give unpaid carers a break.

Councillor Noel Barrett-Morton was at the launch of Carer Support Wiltshire’s Time for Carers appeal, which aims to raise £25,000 to help some of the county’s 45,000 unpaid carers win some time back for themselves – whether that’s to take an exercise class, see friends, have a pamper session or just enjoy some quality time.

“It’s very important to recognise the unsung heroes who go about the business of giving loving care or support to family members, children or friends day in, day out; sometimes without a break for themselves,” said the mayor.

Carer Support Wiltshire launched their appeal at jewellers and clockmakers Deacons in Marlborough to reinforce the message that carers need time.

And they chose the launch to coincide with national Young Carers Awareness Day – next Thursday, January 26 – an annual event to promote awareness of the particular difficulties young and young adult carers face.

Catharine Hurford, chief executive of Carer Support Wiltshire, said: “Here at CSW we support adult carers, working closely with our partners to improve the identification and recognition of young carers.

“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.”

Richard Deacon, director of Deacons, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the Time for Carers Appeal – helping people who are all too often overlooked in this busy world of ours.”

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