Caring for the carers: Peter's key role in raising funds for Trust - The Solihull Observer

Caring for the carers: Peter's key role in raising funds for Trust

Solihull Editorial 30th Mar, 2022   0

SUPER volunteer Peter Masters has done so much fundraising for Carers Trust Solihull he’s won recognition from ‘Room 2 Reward’ – itself a charity dedicated to identifying and rewarding volunteers.

Across the UK there are tens of thousands of unpaid carers looking after family members, friends and neighbours, and without them the NHS and social services would be sure to grind to a halt.

Caring for the carers in the borough is where Carers Trust Solihull comes in, offering respite opportunities, breaks and initiatives to give carers a breathing space.

All this takes funding, which is where Peter truly stepped up to the mark.

“Peter has been focused for more than two years on fundraising for the young carers in Solihull we support,” said Carers Trust Solihull chair David Heaselgrave.

“Since the start of lockdown in 2020, he has managed to raise significant funds which have allowed our charity to fund new activities for young carers and increase all of our support services.

“Support such as counselling and back to school programmes were invaluable for many young carers during lockdown plus we were able to provide Christmas gifts, a Christmas party and shopping vouchers for the families of young carers helping them through difficult times.

“Every penny donated by our generous supporters has made a big difference to carers of all ages, helping them to feel recognised and valued for the tasks they undertake supporting those in need in our community.”

One link forged by Peter was partnering with Eversfield School in Warwick Road who not only raised significant funds for the Trust but have continued to host young carers for swimming pool parties with their own pupils.

“Volunteering for us takes many forms,” said David.

“Some like Peter focus on fundraising whilst others provide time, including as an example supporting a sitting service giving local unpaid carers a break.

“There are many initiatives and projects ongoing where our volunteers are essential to allow a full support service to unpaid carers.”

Meanwhile thanks to his ‘Room 2 Reward’ Peter has earned a mini break with his partner at a location and hotel of his choice.

To donate or to volunteer with Carers Trust Solihull call Emma Hunter on 0121 788 1143 or email [email protected].

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