I am a carer.
Carers come in all forms, family (including children) friends even neighbours, but most of them are unpaid and give up their precious time to help someone who is incapable of helping themselves.
I had to give up my job to continue with my care work. It was very difficult for me, not only did I lose my job I lost my income and my lifestyle. I would have loved things to be different, but there was nowhere else left to help as the person I cared for became an adult.
I now care for someone else as well, so I’m a carer for two people. My life is a constant juggle to keep everything in order. I rarely get any time to myself and if I do need to go anywhere plans need to made. I’m lucky as I do have back-ups that can take over my care duties if needed, but they are only short term.
Holidays are rare, they can be arranged but they tend to be short breaks rather than full holidays, and I’ve not been abroad. I couldn’t be too far away just in case.
I do have the occasional evening out with friends, but not with my partner because someone needs to stay home, so we tend to go out individually instead of together.
Are you a carer, or do you know one?
One in ten of us is a carer and three in five of us will become a carer at some point in their lives. Most of us know a carer and anyone can become a carer, literally overnight.
The Carers Trust offers information, advice and practical help to all carers across the UK.
You can find out more about the Carers Trust on these website.
Carers Website http://www.carers.org/
Young Carers Website https://babble.carers.org/
Young Adult Carers Website https://matter.carers.org/
The Carers Trust, supported by Greggs is holding a charity event Britains Best Breakfast.
Because a lot of carers have so many duties they often miss out on Breakfast, so the charity is encouraging people to raise money by hosting a breakfast, or simply donating instead of buying a breakfast.
Here is how the money raised will help carers:
So, would you be willing to join in?
If breakfast really isn’t your thing, you can still support the campaign by texting CARE to 70660 and donating £3 to Carers Trust.
Disclosure: I am writing this post in support of the Carers Trust, £20 will be donated in my name to the charity.