Category Archives: family

Carers – no time to complain

Hospice time we receive is limited

There is very much a theme about the role of carers going on in blog land this weekend with two fellow bloggers inviting posts to highlight life as a carer.  The timing was great for me as this weekend I’m on my own, Andy is away working in the States and I am at home with all four children.

This is hard work.   Today I have changed 7 stoma bags, 1 catheter, I have given two intravenous medications, disconnected an intravenous drip, put a new drip up, administered countless enteral drugs, carried my daughter upstairs in order to bath her and then carried her downstairs to her bedroom and the list goes on…Factor into this the needs of the three other children then preparing meals, laundry, shopping, homework, there is very little time left for me.  I survive on coffee and chocolate and the children’s left overs.  It’s why I go running, it actually gives me a break and I’m itching to get out running this weekend but can’t because I’m on my own and Daisy cannot be left with anyone other than a trained carer, and that’s only when she doesn’t have her TPN running (when her drip is connected she can only be left with Andy or I or a qualified nurse).

Carers bowled over as our appeal hits £12k

Young carers have a tough life

Published on Sunday 22 April 2012 07:41

THE Lynn News Young Carers Appeal has now hit the £12,000 mark thanks to a donation by a group of generous bowlers.

The West Newton Carpet Bowls Club has raised £300 to help children and teenagers who are caring for sick relatives.

Club chairman Trevor Riches presented the money to campaign organiser Jackie Haverson on Tuesday.

The total now stands at a fantastic £12,553 but more money is still needed to help the scores of children and teenagers who looking after relatives.

350,000 children ‘will lose free school meals in welfare reform’

Children’s Society says coalition’s universal credit, as currently envisaged, seems a step backward


Free school lunches are the main meal of the day for many children, says the Children’s Society. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

More than 350,000 children will lose their free school meals under the government’s radical plans to reform welfare entitlement next year, an analysis by the Children’s Society has warned.

In a report entitled Fair and Square, the charity says the proposed universal credit system, which comes into force in October 2013, will stop paying for certain benefits if a household earns more than £7,500.

At present the welfare system compensates poor families with cash from the tax credit system.