Eyes down and a Full House for a ‘lucky’ Carers Week

14 June 2016

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Derbyshire Carers Association was founded by Gerry Fryer in 1988 following circumstances which found him in the caring position as described by himself here.

Once he realised how little support there was for Carers Gerry aimed for and met his aspiration for Carer support provision.

With the help of some other Carers, Derbyshire Carers Association gained it’s first paid employee in 1989, this has now grown to over 30 dedicated and passionate employees as well as a large number of volunteers.

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Eyes down and a Full House for a ‘lucky’ Carers Week

More than 50 carers enjoyed bingo and lunch at Mecca, Chesterfield on the 8th June 2016.

The event echoed to laughter as carers enjoyed a little time out to meet others with wins by lucky players.

The day formed part of Derbyshire Carers Associations line up of events for Carers Week. Carers Week traditionally aims to raise the profile of carers throughout the UK, making sure carers can access advice, information and suitable support. In Derbyshire alone there are over 120,000 carers; around 10 percent of the county.

Carers Week 2016

Carers Week highlights the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

By providing unpaid care for someone they know who is ill, frail or disabled, Carers save the economy an incredible £119 billion per year – that’s the same cost as running the NHS. Despite this – and the fact that 3 in 5 people will be Carers at some point – Carers often face a lack of recognition in all areas of their lives.

After the event one carer said “Thank you for inviting myself and my friend to the bingo event, we really enjoyed it and the staff were amazing, we had a lovely lunch. Thank you DCA and Mecca for giving carers a much needed break.”

Hosts, Mecca Bingo continue to support and raise vital funds for carers and the Carers Trust during 2016.

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