Deadline for nominations extended to 18 February
Do you know an unpaid carer who provides essential care to a loved one or friend with a disability? Here’s your chance to honour their inspirational work, by nominating them for the National Accident Helpline’s British Caregiver Award.
National disability charity Revitalise is working in partnership with the National Accident Helpline to promote the award. The charity has provided a respite holiday at one of its three UK centres as the prize.
The award is open to any adult in the UK who provides unpaid care for another adult, who has experienced a personal injury or acquired a disability that has led to them requiring care. The deadline for nominations has now been extended to 18 February 2016.
It is hoped the awards will draw much-needed attention to the selfless work of the UK’s army of 6.5 million unpaid carers and the daily challenges they face.
Revitalise’s own research has found respite breaks are essential to the relationship between a carer and the person they look after. A third of carers said they had never had any significant time off since they started caring, but half of the charity’s guests and carers said a Revitalise break did or could have prevented their relationship from breaking down. This is why the charity is providing a respite break as the main prize for the award.
Revitalise Chief Executive Chris Simmonds commented:
“We are proud to be partners with the National Accident Helpline on the British Caregiver Award. It’s about time that unpaid carers got the national recognition they so richly deserve.
“Let us not forget that 6 out of 10 carers do what they do out of love and devotion to the person they care for, but without the lifeline of regular time off from caring, carers – no matter how devoted – risk reaching breaking point.
“I feel privileged to take my place on the judging panel and more than happy to provide a holiday with Revitalise as the prize. We look forward to giving the winners a well-deserved break and also raising awareness about the incredible contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers.
“So if you know a carer who works tirelessly to look after a loved one or friend, there is still time to nominate them for the award.”
Make your nomination here.