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Few carers will get Christmas break

A NEW survey by disabled charity Vitalise has revealed that two thirds of carers will not get a break from caring this Christmas. 

The figures show that four out of ten out carers have not had any time off from caring in past year and 39 percent of carers have not taken a single day off from caring in the last year.

More than 80 percent said they put the health of the loved one they care for before of their own health and almost 60 percent said a lack of time away from caring led them to feelings of depression.

Barry Cryer backs The Big Issue’s Caring at Christmas campaign

The veteran funnyman says that we should reach out to those on their own this Christmas

  Barry Cryer
Comedy titan and top chap Barry Cryer insists he’s enjoying being an oldie at Yuletide, but like The Big Issue’s Caring at Christmas campaign, he says we should spare a thought for those who are less lucky.

“Well I’m lucky, I’ve got a big plan,” the 78-year-old said. “The Big Issue knows about this – loneliness is the most awful thing. And I was spared, been dogged by good luck all my life. We’ve got four children and seven grandchildren, so it’s a big family.

“With the extended family – the in-laws and the outlaws – we’ve got huge group photographs. Very lucky. We’re going to be moving about quite a lot at Christmas. It’s a family thing and I’m so grateful for it.

“The build-up to Christmas gets to me a bit: the frenzy, the rushing about, people going, ‘Oh, I haven’t bought that present and blah blah blah.’ You can feel it in the air, you can smell it.

“I retreat a bit, back from the frenzy. But once it’s arrived I love it. It starts so early commercially, it seems they’re all cashing in very early on. But once it arrives and you pull up the drawbridge… if you’re lucky, as I am, to have a family and a whole gang… I love every minute of it.”

Packing for someone with dementia on Christmas Days Out

Guest blog by Grommit

All carers have the same dilemna when leaving the house for the day. What to take, what to leave. However, it is possible to remember things if you sing it as you go.

“On the first hour of packing I must remember these:-
The Sat Nav with the car keys.

On the 2nd hour of packing I must remember these:-
2 packs of Werthers,
and a Sat Nav with the car keys.