Christmas comes early for carers

July 26, 2017

Heathcote Carers' Group enjoyed lunch at Flossy's Home Decor.

DISTRICT carers were treated to a special Christmas-in-July lunch at Flossy’s Home Decor last week thanks to a generous donation from the Heathcote and District Community Bank.

The Christmas lunch was well attended by group members, with Heathcote and District Community Bank customer relationship manager Teri Johnson on hand to present the group with a cheque for $500.

Group member Fran Dunmore-King said it was difficult to describe how much the bank’s support meant to the group’s members, but it made a world of difference to a group in the community often overlooked and left feeling isolated.

“We really can’t thank the bank enough, they are really supportive and it gives these carers a lovely day out that they really need,” she said.

“Big thanks are owed to Flossy’s’ Tracey and Mark Westhorpe for putting on a great lunch for us and we are very thankful to Sandy Whytcross for organising the lunch and the funding.

“Carers aren’t really visible in the community, they are a group more in the background.

“Many of them do it really tough because they aren’t aware of all the support there is for carers.

“While they are caring for their loved one and doing a wonderful job, people forget it is also a hard job to do and they need support themselves, not just financial or physical support, but emotional and psychological.”

Ms Dunmore-King said the lunch gives carers something to look forward to.

“Carers can be pretty tough because they have to be, what they are doing is hard, and they often don’t let themselves think about it because they can’t afford to, you just soldier on,’’ she said.

“It isn’t until the person they are caring for has passed away that they really need the support because now they are not only grieving, they can feel quite lost and unsure of what to do next.”

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