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University of Sunderland raising the profile of unpaid family carers

Exhibition focuses on Sunderland’s carers

Published on Thursday 21 March 2013 10:02

THE precious breaks which carers take from looking after loved ones have been captured on camera.

And the exhibition – Time Well Earned – is now on display at the University of Sunderland’s Showcase Gallery in the Priestman Building, City Campus.

The university has joined forces with the Sunderland Carers’ Centre to raise the profile of unpaid carers – people who look after family members or friends who have a long-term illness, a disability or who are elderly and frail.

Many carers juggle care with employment, and the level of care they give can often exceed a full-time job and for some it can be a 24/7 role.

The photographs show carers taking well-deserved breaks from their caring roles and the idea for the project came from Daniel Dale, who is studying a photography degree at Cleveland College of Art and Design.

Daniel first approached Sunderland Carers’ Centre to sound out his ideas and to put him in contact with carers who now feature in the exhibition.

Homeless man dies in the cold – where is the Care?

Homeless man Daniel Gauntlett dies frozen on doorstep of empty bungalow in Aylesford

Homesless Daniel Gauntlett died outside this bungalow in Hermitage Lane, Aylesford

Homesless Daniel Gauntlett died outside this bungalow in Aylesford

by Chris Hunter

A tarpaulin, a pillow, a dirty old jacket, a carrier bag and a few worthless items strewn over the veranda of a boarded-up bungalow.

This is where homeless Daniel Gauntlett tried to find shelter through a bitterly cold winter and where, on a freezing night on Saturday, he finally succumbed to the cold.

Mr Gauntlett, 35, was found the next morning by a passer-by who spotted his body from the pavement.

His belongings still left where he died, residents in Hermitage Lane, Aylesford, reacted with sadness to the news and said Mr Gauntlett had become a familiar sight in the street.

And they said the sadness was compounded by the fact he died outside an empty bungalow due to be bulldozed.

Police had reportedly been called previously after he tried to break into the bungalow. And so Mr Gauntlett, had taken the fatal decision to abide by the law.

Derek Bailey, 80, who lives next door, said Mr Gauntlett had not appeared to be in ill health.

‘Emmerdale’ is helping family carers

Dales’ John: Carers need more help

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John Middleton is pleased the storyline has provoked public reaction

Emmerdale’s John Middleton has said he hopes his current storyline helps highlight that people caring for the elderly need more support.

Former vicar Ashley Thomas has been struggling to look after his elderly father Sandy (Freddie Jones) and even became abusive under pressure. John is pleased the storyline has provoked public reaction as he believes it is an issue people need to talk about more.