Revitalise invites carers and their loved ones to share their lockdown experiences

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9th October 2020

Revitalise invites carers and their loved ones to share their lockdown experiences

Celebrity panel to judge Revitalise500 competition for a chance to win a seven day respite break

Revitalise wants to thank all home carers for their dedication and endurance and is calling on them to come forward and tell their lockdown and beyond stories.

In a short 500-word story or poem, our Revitalise 500 Competition wants to hear from carers and their loved ones about the highs and lows of 2020, the humour and the tears.

Our celebrity panel of judges; BBC Radio 2 DJ, Mark Radcliffe, actress and disability activist,  Samantha Renke,  Endeavour actress, Carol Royle and Paralympic Gold Medalist, David Smith MBE, are looking to award a seven day respite care break at the winner’s chosen Revitalise Centre. 

Revitalise CEO Jan Tregelles said:

“We are hoping for a bumper response to the Revitalise 500 Competition. Home carers are amazing, talented people and we want to provide an echo chamber for their inspiring stories, together with a great respite holiday experience for the lucky winners”.

Second and third places will receive £250 and £150 Revitalise vouchers respectively, which can be put towards their next Revitalise visit. We are also pleased to accept entries as spoken word recordings from those with different abilities.

BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe said:

“When Revitalise asked me to help judge their Revitalise500 writing competition, I instantly said yes. At a time when looking after our physical and mental health has never been more important, being able to award a much needed respite break to a champion carer, will be really special. I can’t wait to read the inspiring stories and poems of home carers from across the country and to learn more about their lives and those they love and care for.”

Endeavour actress Carol Royle said:

 “I have been asked to be one of the judges for a competition of creativity by those who are helped by the wonderful charity Revitalise; I’m sure this will be an impossible task to be honest, but I’m going to do my best.  I’m a great believer that it is the process of writing, or painting or whatever a person’s particular talent might be, that is the joy and therapeutic exercise of participating in such a competition, and it is with that in mind that I am honoured to be a part of it.”

Revitalise are launching the competition as part of its #CareforCarers campaign, aiming to raise £1 million to support carers and their loved ones to accessing respite care breaks following lockdown. The pressure on unpaid home carers, nursing and caring for seriously-ill or disabled loved ones 24 hours a day, have became intolerable. Carers now face a further six months of isolation with no end in sight. Current Government restrictions are preventing home carers from taking respite breaks.

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For 57 years, Revitalise has provided respite care breaks to a huge range of people. These are a vital lifeline to so many unpaid home carers and their disabled family members.

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