CEO, Giles Hankinson, celebrates carers across the country

11 June 2020

It’s Carers week, and we’d like to say thank you

Given everything else that’s going on right now, you may be forgiven for not knowing that it is Carers Week. It’s an annual campaign that aims to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the often enormous contributions they make to their families and communities. Just imagine what they’ve been facing over the last few months, meeting the responsibilities in the most challenging of times. Some, for example, will have had to move into other people’s homes permanently, just to be able to provide the regular care they give.

Because of Covid 19 there is a real chance that this incredibly important issue may be missed.  It can’t be. We must all do all we can to raise awareness and offer support.

Whilst I have no significant experience of exactly what it takes to be a carer, I have been lucky enough to speak to some of the organisations we work with, so I do have some understanding of the responsibilities. They are an awful lot. Many carers spend every waking hour looking after someone, leaving no time for themselves. I couldn’t really imagine what it would be like to have no time to escape; to do something you simply wanted to do. I consider myself very lucky that I am able to do that. 

Many of the organisations we are privileged to call our customers work in the care sector, so it gives me great pleasure whenever we help them make savings on their energy procurement. I know that every single penny we save them can be reinvested into their frontline services, helping an incredibly worthy population of people get support, advice and some much needed time away from caring.

Quite staggeringly, the NHS believes that there are around 5.4 million people in England who provide unpaid care for a friend or family member. That’s nearly one in 10 people in this country who do it. I’m not sure many of us appreciate how significant that figure is and highlights unequivocally why Carers Week is crucial to raise awareness.

We’re proud to do a tiny bit towards supporting carers.  And to every single carer out there. We thank you for everything you do.

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