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This awareness week will let other carers know that there is support available

The work of those who dedicate their lives to caring for others is being highlighted as part of an awareness- raising week.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Scunthorpe Telegraph

Carers’ Week runs from Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 22, and is being marked with a variety of events across North Lincolnshire.

  1. Carer Marion Hirst, who works at the Carer Support Centre in Brigg

The last census results revealed there were 16,000 carers in the region although the figure is now estimated to be even higher.

Now, in the run-up to the week, carers have shared their experiences.

Marion Hirst, 51, of Goxhill, has been a carer for the past 12 years.

She said: “I originally became a carer to look after my mum, who had dementia and mobility problems.”

Since her mother passed away, Marion now looks after her father, Cecil Hardy, 87, who has diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and a prostate problem which means he needs a catheter.

Carers’ holiday money slashed

FURY: Ron Chambers is a carer for his wife Judy

12:10pm Wednesday 25th April 2012 in Exclusive By James Connell

A CARER has complained he can no longer afford to go on holiday to take a break from his duties because the council slashed his budget.

Ron Chambers, of St George’s Walk, Barbourne, Worcester, says he is “seething” after Worcestershire County Council cut his breaks allowance from £300 to £200.

Council chiefs say the changes mean more carers can access support – 1,175 instead of 903.

Last financial year (2011/12) carers could get a maximum of £300 a year to fund breaks, but this year (2012/13) it has been cut to £200.

Mr Chambers, aged 65, is a carer for his wife Judy, 69, who has osteoarthritis, asthma, bladder problems and has recently been registered blind and needs either a wheelchair or stick to get around.

Mr Chambers, who no longer gets a £55 per week carer’s allowance because he is a pensioner, said the money allowed him to have a break from everyday chores such as shopping, cooking, cleaning, helping his wife in and out of the shower and to dress and general housework.

He said: “I am absolutely seething. They are taking carers for granted.

Carer hits out over financial support

Carer hits out over financial support

Friday, January 20, 2012

A FULL-TIME carer from Hadlow has launched a furious broadside at Kent County Council’s social services department over its lack of support for carers.

Eight years ago Philip Homewood, of Hope Avenue, gave up a career as a chef and baker to look after his 75-year-old father Bill, who received £160-a-month to pay for care.

  1. UNHAPPY: Philip Homewood with his father Bill, for whom he acts as full-time carer

The ex-submariner, who suffers from heart disease and arthritis, would pass his payment straight on to his son.