CARERS Trust Solihull is off to the seaside today (June 3) – to give the selfless people who care for others a special day out treat.
Carers across the country save the NHS and wider society millions of pounds each year by looking after loved ones, friends and neighbours who may be struggling to look after themselves.
They are an army of people that often go unseen and many may not even realise they are in fact, carers.
But who cares for the carers? Well Solihull Carers Trust does and on Friday staff and volunteers are taking three coachloads of carers and their families on a day out to Weston-super-Mare.
“We managed to get some funds together and all together we’ll be taking more than 120 people down,” said Pete Masters, a volunteer fundraiser for the Trust.
The Trust has a contract with Solihull Council to support people who need care, but usually that doesn’t cover their families.
“We’ve had some really generous donations from one of the Solihull schools and from a golf club and we decided it would be really lovely to take them all to the seaside,” said Pete.
It is estimated that only one in four carers are actually known to the Trust with many others simply going about their caring without really taking into account their own needs.
“Obviously there are many people out there who manage well without our support but we know there is a significant number of others out there who could really benefit, if only we could get to them,” said Pete.
For more on Carers Trust Solihull, visit: https://www.solihullcarers.org/ or call 0121 788 1143.