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05 Jul 2022

'No one should have to care alone' - Family Carers Ireland make urgent appeal to Carlow public

'No one should have to care alone' - Family Carers Ireland make urgent appeal to Carlow public

With the rising cost of living hitting family carers disproportionately harder, the charity is seeing unprecedented numbers seeking help

Family Carers Ireland has made an urgent appeal to the public in Carlow and across Ireland to get behind its national fundraising drive ‘Paws for a Cause’ to support family carers in crisis.

With the rising cost of living hitting family carers disproportionately harder, the charity is seeing unprecedented numbers seeking help.

People are being asked to walk or run 24km during National Carers Week June 13 -19, to raise vital funds for struggling family carers. To register or donate, simply visit www.familycarers.ie.

There are currently 500,000 family carers in Ireland, that is one in every eight adults, and 67,000 young carers (aged 10-17), with this number continuing to rise.

“Our national Crisis Fund provides a vital lifeline to families by providing emergency respite, counselling and emotional support as well as helping to purchase practical support items including hoists and wheelchairs and in especially difficult cases, puts food on tables.

“Many family carers face financial hardship and a constant battle to access essential services and supports and have simply nowhere else left to turn,” said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Policy, Family Carers Ireland.

“No one should have to care alone, but the reality is that we need donations to continue to provide practical support to so many family carers. Demand for our services has never been higher as family carers continue to experience barriers in accessing vital supports and services.

“Many services remain curtailed as a result of Covid-19, vulnerable people continue to shield from the virus and the chronic pressures on our healthcare system are acutely felt by family carers.

“In 2021, our National Freephone Careline team spoke to almost 4,200 family carers seeking support and information while our network of Carer Support Centres had nearly 86,000 unique engagements with family carers.

“On top of this, we delivered approximately 2,300 hours of counselling to family carers and had almost 2,900 people attending free courses delivered by Family Carers Ireland.

“It is so important to remember that most of us will either provide care or receive care at some point in our lives. We know how important it is to get the right support at the right time.

“You just can’t do it by yourself and that is where Family Carers Ireland comes in. We really need the public’s help to carry on our work and reach the hundreds of thousands of family carers who are cut off and isolated. Please give what you can.”

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