A carer is someone who regularly cares, without payment, for a relative, partner or friend, who, due to illness, disability, vulnerability or frailty, cannot manage at home without help.
Carers come from all walks of life, can be of any age and any racial origin. Carers have no training, no holidays, no fixed hours and no salary. For some it can be a 24/7/365 commitment.
At a Christmas social function last year, the Mayor of Hillingdon mentioned to Lodge Brothers District Manager, Peter Breslin, that Hillingdon Carers was a charity he cared very much about. Peter decided that he would assist the charity in some way and has therefore sponsored two ‘Carers Cafes’ in the Borough.
The cafes are held in church halls and give carers a chance to meet others over a cup of tea and a piece of cake, and take part in some gentle keep-fit or yoga.
Peter attended a café in Northwood recently with Ruislip Funeral Arranger Keith Vinton, where a talk by nutritional experts on ‘Healthy Eating’ and a keep-fit session was enthusiastically received by all present.
He was then happy to present Care Worker Nadia Evans with a cheque for £50 to cover the cost of refreshments.