Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year

22nd November 16

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is thrilled to have been nominated as Charity of the Year for Sainsbury’s branch in Coldhams Lane, Cambridge.

We were selected following a public vote by customers and staff and are very grateful to have this opportunity to promote our work to support family care givers in the city.

Steve Venters, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Coldhams Lane, said: “We are really excited to be working with Carers Trust Cambridgeshire over the next few months. Customers and colleagues in the area chose Carers Trust Cambridgeshire as our Local Charity of the Year back in the summer and we’ve already raised £265. We have also helped to raise awareness of the services they provide to people across the city.

“Carers Trust Cambridgeshire is a great charity and we look forward to working with their volunteers over Christmas and into the New Year.”

Laura Green, our Carers Support Team Manager, thanked Sainsbury’s for its support. She said: “Our staff will be running stalls and events at the store in the hope of making as many people as possible aware of the support available to unpaid care givers, those who care for family or friends at home and are unaware that support is available for them. It is crucial to support them as their health and well-being often suffers as a result of their caring role, it can often leave them exhausted.

“We recently held a promotional event at Sainsbury’s and were delighted to have the support of the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Jeremy Benstead, and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Marie-Louise Holland, who met a family of Young Adult Carers we support, Alice, Jamie and Scott Underwood who care for their mother Liz who suffers from degenerative arthritis and osteoporosis, as well as our fabulous Carers Ambassadors Margaret Pearce Higgins and Ron Jones.

“We will be at Sainsbury’s again on Friday, 25 November between 10am-2pm to promote Carers Rights Day, giving out information and talking to people about their rights and benefits they are entitled to which they may not be aware of, please look out for us there. There are 60,000 family carers in Cambridgeshire, with 8,600 caring for more than 50 hours per week, and 13,000 caring for more than 20 hours per week. We are trying to reach out to those people who do not identify themselves as care givers and unaware that they are entitled to support and benefits.”

Young Adult Carer Jamie Underwood said: “We are happy to be doing our part in helping carers get more recognition.”

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire supports adult carers by providing Carer’s Assessments, Family Carers Prescriptions, What If? Plan for emergency care planning, information, advice and guidance, respite breaks, groups and peer support. We support young carers through groups for 5-18 year-olds and 16-25 year-olds, arranging trips and activities to give them a break from caring. We also provide care in the home and community.