The Carers’ Centre held its inaugural sponsored walk last Sunday, June 5th, at the start of national Carers Week.
Fifty-five walkers (and a few dogs!) participated in the 4.5mile or 9 mile walking route to raise money for carers looking after sick, elderly or disabled loved ones in Bath and North East Somerset. The group raised or pledged over £3,000.
Vice-Chairman of the Council Alan Hale officially opened the walk, noting the importance of volunteers and supporters for community events. ‘The work of the Carers’ Centre is truly appreciated,’ he said.
Councillor Neil Butters, who took part in the walk said,
"Britain has a marvellous tradition of volunteering, never better illustrated than where carers are concerned. They are the unsung heroes of society, working cheerfully for little or no reward. They deserve our full support - and the occasional break to recharge their batteries. I salute them."
The Carers’ Centre provides support to approximately 4,000 carers from the BaNES area, helping them to manage their caring role by offering information, advice, counselling, befriending and respite opportunities.
The charity also supports young carers aged as young as 5, who will often help with extra duties if they have an ill or disabled sibling or parent.
Local printing firm Minuteman Press Bath was the main sponsor for the event.
Minuteman Press Sales & Marketing Director Dave Dixon says ‘it was a delight to support the Carers’ Centre’s walk; the team do such good for the 1000s of carers in our local community. We hope to see it as the first walk of many.’
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