Meet just a few of the carers we have helped support.
A (13) cares for his mum in a one-parent family unit as the oldest child.
This is what he said on his application form:
“She has ME, Fibromyalgia, arthritis and other issues. She needs my help when she falls as she can’t get up. I also need to cook meals and do lots more around the house because she can’t always do the Mum things.
I need help to replace my laptop as I use this to enable me to keep in touch with friends when I am not able to leave my Mum. It will help me feel like a normal child who can enjoy playing and help me feel less alone.”
We provided a laptop.
R is 82. She has been caring for her husband T, 93, for five years.
T is very frail and possibly suffering from dementia (currently being investigated). He also has severe depression, his mobility is quite poor and he frequently falls. They live on £232 per week for the two of them.
Her GP referred her to us, saying: “R suffers from COPD, arthritis and diverticulitis which is worsened by stress. She is very low in mood at present and is monitored by Adult Safeguarding/Mental Health due to risk posed by T. She is unable to relax at home and feels on edge all the time. A short break away would give R some well-deserved rest.
T can be physically and verbally abusive. He is very withdrawn and does not communicate often.”
R asked for a short break away from home and from T to "recharge my batteries as my own health is beginning to suffer".
We paid £250 for her to enjoy a weekend break.
E (33) has cared for her eight-year-old son since his birth. He has ADHD and autism. Mum washes many times a day due to his incontinence.
We were able to provide a washing machine.
MP (62) has cared for her husband (72) for more than two years. He has physical mobility problems and impaired cognitive behaviour. She was referred by her Locality Leader at Norfolk Carers Support, who said: “Her role is extremely stressful and leaves her mentally and physically exhausted. Her husband refuses any other help and therefore MP receives no support. This has had a huge impact on her well-being and she is in desperate need of a break away from home and a trip to visit her elderly aunt.”
We paid for the train fare to Plymouth and overnight accommodation so she could enjoy a short break.
LT (61) and her husband have cared for their daughter (32) since birth. She has Down's syndrome and cannot care for herself. LT is a 24/7 carer as her daughter cannot be left alone. Their washing machine had broken down due to excessive daily use. They do not have savings or expendable cash to pay for extras such as holidays, washing machines etc.
We were able to provide one.
SP (67) cares for her daughter (30) who has been known to mental health services since her early teens, suffering from depression, an eating disorder and self-harm. Since her daughter became acutely unwell her grandchild has been living with them. SP requested a tablet so she could keep in touch with her other daughter in New York and her husband’s family in New Zealand.
We were able to help.
SS (38) cares for her daughter (20) who has ACE bowel condition and urinary problems. Her learning difficulties result in a significantly reduced mental age. She asked for a three/four-day break that we were able to fund.
KW (39) is a single parent caring since his birth for her son (11) who has Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We paid for some arts and crafts material to enable her to pursue an adult education course. Attending the lessons helps with her loneliness.
JF (41) has for six years cared for her grandmother (98) who is blind and disabled. When her granddad died JF moved in with her grandmother “so she didn’t have to go into a home”. She washes clothes and bed linen daily and was drying them on radiators.
We provided a tumble dryer.