Successful hamper appeal brings joy to carers

6th January 21

We are grateful to all of those who generously donated to our 2020 hamper appeal which went towards giving a Christmas hamper and other seasonal foods and goodies to young carers and their families.

Working in partnership with Maxine Lester Lettings and Property Management, who pledged to match any donations made to the campaign and were involved in delivering the hampers, the appeal has been a great success. Helping bring joy to carers looking after their family members, we have been able beat our target and raise over £3,600.00!

“My son came home from school and opened his young carer care hamper. Thank you so much, totally made his day, and mine. Really wonderful!” – parent of a young carer helped by the appeal.

Miriam Martin, chief executive of Caring Together said, “We are very grateful for the support and generosity of Maxine Lester Lettings and Property Management and so many of their clients in this Christmas appeal.

“While the coronavirus pandemic has affected us all, there have been very specific impacts on people looking after a family member or friend.

“It has brought additional hardships and challenges for them and their whole families.

“The demands of caring for a loved one have increased. Many who have had family members shielding for long periods. There has been additional stress and an increased sense of isolation. Many have had their work and financial situations significantly affected. The education of young carers has been affected.

“We know these carers and their families will really appreciate these gifts.”

The Christmas food hampers were given to families where there is a young carer.

Maxine Lester, director, said she and staff had been particularly moved by the impact of the coronavirus on young carers and wanted to be part of helping them and their families.

She said, “We support Caring Together because we had a childhood and wanted to do something for children that spend their childhood looking after a family member.

“If we can provide the means to give these young carers an outlet to talk about their issues or to be able to have a break from their caring role then that is the right thing to do.”

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