Parkin­son’s car­ers given vi­tal free­dom

Branch to of­fer respite for up to 20 hours a week

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CAR­ERS could have more vi­tal free­dom thanks to a new ini­tia­tive.

Car­ers of peo­ple with Parkin­son’s from across South Bucks are now of­fered free respite care thanks to a legacy left to the Amer­sham and High Wy­combe branch of Parkin­son’s UK.

It al­lows car­ers to go shop­ping or do any other per­sonal chores they may, oth­er­wise strug­gle to do.

Chair­man of the Amer­sham and High Wy­combe branch of Parkin­son’s UK, Tony Vaughan, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly pleased to be

The work that they do

is very valu­able – there are

some fan­tas­tic car­ers out there.”

able to of­fer this vi­tal support ser­vice to peo­ple from across South Buck­ing­hamshire.

“Respite can pro­vide a life­line to car­ers and we can of­fer up to 20 hours of care per per­son, in blocks of one to four hours.

“Car­ers can use the time to do every­day things that most peo­ple take for granted – play a round of golf, meet up with friends – while hav­ing the peace of mind that the per­son they care for is be­ing looked after.

“You don’t have to be a mem­ber of Parkin­son’s UK to ap­ply, we re­ally want car­ers to come for­ward and take ad­van­tage of this great scheme.”

The scheme is avail­able for any­one car­ing for a per­son with Parkin­son’s in the Amer­sham, High Wy­combe, Chiltern and South Bucks dis­trict.

In­for­ma­tion and support worker at Parkin­son’s UK Anita Browne said: “The money was left to support car­ers in the area. The work that they do is very valu­able – there are some fan­tas­tic car­ers out there.

“They do a lot of im­por­tant work with­out much support and we hope that this legacy will help them to have a bit more free­dom.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply, con­tact Tony Vaughan on 01494 712 353 or Anita Browne, on 0844 225 3675 or al­ter­na­tively you can email abrowne@ parkin­sons.org.uk.

For other in­for­ma­tion for car­ers in the county, con­tact Car­ers Bucks on 0300 777 2722.

www.get­bucks.co.uk

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