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Businesses asked to put kettle on to support region’s carers

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Business are being asked to put the kettle on in aid of a charity which supports Yorkshire’s growing number of unpaid carers.

By staging its inaugural “Time Out For Tea” initiative, the Carers’ Resource, which has offices in Harrogate, Ripon, Bradford and Skipton, is hoping to stir up interest in its work supporting those looking after a loved one day-in day-out.

It is using Carers’ Week (June 9 – 15) as a platform for encouraging as many people as possible to join in the initiative, share a cup of tea with work colleagues, and make a donation.

All the money raised will go towards giving local carers a much-needed break from the everyday pressures they face, which can often leave them mentally and physically exhausted.

According to official figures from the 2011 census, there are more than 500,000 people providing unpaid care in Yorkshire and the Humber – but it is believed the actual figure may be far higher.

The charity’s events and fund-raising coordinator Anne Wells said:

“Having a cup of tea with a friend is one of life’s simple pleasures – but for many carers living in our communities across Yorkshire this is not always possible.

“It is a fact that we will all know someone who is a carer.

“‘Time for Tea’ is all about raising awareness of the relentless pressures that this role brings, and raising money to help them take a rest or a break from these duties to promote their own health and well-being.

“Whether you are at home or at work, staging a tea party or just sitting down with a cuppa, you can make a real difference.”

All those taking part will automatically be entered into a prize draw when they send back their donation.

The winner will receive a £50 voucher from Bettys to spend in Bettys Tea Room or online.

  • If you would like to take part, please call the Carers’ Resource on 01423 500555 or email info@carersresource.org, or visit www.carersresource.org
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Anne Wells (left), events and fund-raising coordinator of the Skipton-based Carers’ Resource, and volunteer Louise Flint launch the charity’s “Time Out for Tea” initiative

 

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