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Carers Week Launch for Bath Carers’ Centre Appeal

The Carers’ Centre team left to right: Andy Graham, Alice Miller, Tom Fox-Proverbs, Chief Executive Sonia Hutchison, Kelly Warren, Sarah Dixon, Janine Woodward-Grant and Steve Newman.

The new Bath Carers’ Centre has got itself all wrapped up ready for launch on 11 June. David Medlock, whose trust donated £30,000 to help fund the Centre, will be watched by the charity’s patron Edward Bayntun-Coward and up to 100 local carers as he cuts through a giant pink ribbon to officially unveil the listed Georgian building on the Lower Bristol Road.

Later that week, 20 young carers aged from 5 to 25 will meet Don Foster MP at the Centre to showcase the new website they have helped develop. The site features photos, film, recordings and ideas generated by young people supported by the charity.

The Woodlands is the newest base for the Carers’ Centre, which also has premises in Radstock. Its flexible spaces, gardens and car park are set up to offer access to a wide range of innovative activities and breaks for carers – thanks to a funding win of £298,000 secured from the Big Lottery in 2013. Carers attending the launch have the opportunity to take a break and get hands-on creating bunting in a Scrapmania workshop and enjoying live action from Kilter Theatre’s mobile letter-writing emporium ­– the Last Post.

The event will mark the beginning of a 2-year fundraising appeal to raise £750,000 to buy the building and secure a permanent base for carers living in the area. “We have big ambitions and want to make sure the carers we support know we will always be there for them,” said Chief Executive Sonia Hutchison. “We will be actively campaigning with our existing funders and through social investment opportunities to raise enough money to buy and develop the Bath Carers’ Centre for the future.”

On 13 June Don Foster MP will visit The Woodlands to learn more about the support and services offered to unpaid young and adult carers by the Carers’ Centre. As well as meeting younger carers, he will be joined by head teachers and guests from across the area to find out how schools work closely with the Centre to access support for the hundreds of local children who juggle learning with looking after a member of their family at home.

Make a contribution to the Bath Carers’ Centre Appeal through Just Text Giving. Text: CCBS13 followed by the amount of your donation and send to: 70070

The Carers’ Centre wishes to thank Care Planning Services, an LLP set up by Stone King solicitors and Moneywise Independent Financial Advisers, for generously sponsoring the launch event on 11 June.

Find out more about the Carers’ Centre: Freephone: 0800 0388 885 or visit www.banescarerscentre.org.uk