A guest and a nurse having a chat and smiling. The graphic on the image reads The Give me a break appeal.

Give me a break in the news

The aim of the Give me a break campaign is to draw local and national attention to the current crisis in respite care. Below we’ve collated our coverage to date. If you are a journalist interested in covering Give me a break, please email marketing@revitalise.org.uk

Peter Le'Warne and his mother Michelle

Carers left feeling like ‘prisoners in their own home’ due to lack of respite

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Jan Tregelles, Chief Executive, Revitalise said: “The lives of people with disability and their carers are mostly supported by benefits and the benefits haven’t increased. Families with cost of living can’t afford to pay, and then local authorities have cut funding of essential breaks and respite by 42%.

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ITV coverage of Give me a break. The image is of Jo, mother of our regular Sandpipers guests Tom and William Mawdsley

Respite prices soar as full-time carers are hit with burnout on ‘very lonely path’

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“For me, it’s heartbreaking. I think I’m quite a strong woman, but it leaves you feeling broken and powerless…And it is a very, very lonely path that we walk.”
In the latest coverage of our Give me a break campaign our guest William and Tom’s mum Jo talks about the stress and the most challenging part of being a full-time carer and how a holiday at Revitalise has been a lifeline for her sons.
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Southport Member of Parliament Damien Moore with Chair of Revitalise George Blunden and guest Neil Crouch

Revitalise which operates Sandpipers in Southport celebrates 60th anniversary in Parliament

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The 60th anniversary of Revitalise, which operates the Sandpipers Centre in Southport, was celebrated at a special reception in Parliament.

Southport Member of Parliament, Damien Moore, hosted the charity’s volunteers, guests, and carers in the House of Commons for a special event to celebrate reaching their 60 years of serving the community.

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Jubilee Lodge's guest Neil Crouch

‘Magical’ Essex respite centre hit by funding cuts – ‘we’re at breaking point’

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A disabled man who is completely reliant on a team of carers has hit out at at funding cuts to a ‘magical’ respite centre in Harlow.

Neil Crouch, who is from Harlow, is supporting the campaign from leading UK charity Revitalise – that provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers – as guests reach breaking point due to a lack of funding.


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Atkinson Southport lit up pink to support Revitalise

The Atkinson lights up pink in support of Revitalise

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“The Atkinson frequently welcomes visitors from Sandpipers and we are pleased to support the Revitalise ‘Give Me A Break’ campaign by lighting up pink. The Atkinson strives for inclusivity across our programmes and our building is fully accessible. We actively promote the enjoyment of arts, culture and heritage, where residents, visitors and communities can be entertained, develop inspiration, continue to learn and improve their wellbeing.”

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Revitalise guest Andrew at Jubilee Lodge

Disabled people and carers desperate for a break while millions of holidaymakers jet off on summer escape

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Disabled people and their carers are reaching breaking point as they are unable to afford respite care, while increasing numbers of people head off on relaxing summer holidays.

Statistics show that the number of people going on foreign holidays this summer has risen compared to 2022, while in contrast, it has been more than a year since 41% of carers have had even a day off.


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Carer scared to go outside and can’t get milk on her own

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A carer said she can feel isolated and alone after developing agoraphobia. “I can’t get out on my own I’m just too scared I feel frightened and overwhelmed.”

Grace Sutcliffe from Southport has been with her husband Andrew since 2009. The 33-year-old said that while Andrew helps to take care of her emotional needs the pair are more worried about the future than ever.

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BBC North West coverage of GMAB

Carers desperate for respite break, call for urgent need for more support

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In August, BBC North West covered the #GiveMeABreak campaign where Revitalise Sandpipers welcomed Southport MP Damien Moore to speak to guests and carers about the respite crisis.

Damien Moore mentioned, “There is a serious need for disabled people and their carers to be able to access regular respite breaks – whether this is to alleviate the daily pressures faced by unpaid carers and the strain this can place on relationships, or to ensure that disabled people have the opportunity to enjoy holidays with friends in a setting specifically suited to their care needs.

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