On be­half of car­ers

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, Did your read­ers know that there are 6.8 mil­lion car­ers in the UK and ev­ery day an­other 6,000 peo­ple take on a car­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity? Un­paid car­ers face huge chal­lenges pro­vid­ing care for dis­abled or older loved ones. For in­stance, ac­cord­ing to our own re­search, a third of car­ers have never had any sig­nif­i­cant time off since they started car­ing. Would you like to do some­thing about that?

I work for a fan­tas­tic char­ity called Re­vi­talise. We pro­vide much-needed respite hol­i­days for dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers at three ac­ces­si­ble UK cen­tres, and we’re ap­peal­ing to the na­tion on BBC Ra­dio 4 to ask for more sup­port for the na­tion’s un­sung army of car­ers.

Our ap­peal will be pre­sented by our good friend, the writer and co­me­dian Arthur Smith, who is a vice-pres­i­dent of Re­vi­talise. Arthur talks about his own ex­pe­ri­ence as a carer for his mother, Hazel, then goes on tell the story of Mavis and Colin, who re­cently ben­e­fited from a respite break with Re­vi­talise, which helped sus­tain their re­la­tion­ship.

Mavis and Colin have been mar­ried for 56 years.

When Mavis de­vel­oped MS in her 20s, Colin gave up work to care for her, but was him­self di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia in 2002 and Mavis is now his carer.

We want to help thousands more cou­ples just like Mavis and Colin but to do so we need your help, so please tune in and sup­port this very wor­thy cause. The ap­peal will be broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 4 on Sun­day Au­gust 13 at 7.55am and 9.26pm, then re­peated on Thurs­day Au­gust 17 at 3.27pm.

To find out more about our ap­peal, visit our web­site www.re­vi­talise.org.uk. Please help.

Colin Brook, Re­vi­talise, Lon­don.

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