This week local charity, Crossroads Care Surrey, is launching its first Care for a Cake week to raise money to support local unpaid carers. Staff and volunteers from the charity took part in a pre-launch event to inspire the local community to join in the fun and get baking too. 

Care for a Cake week is designed to give people a reason to get together, taking part in a fun activity and enjoying tasty treat too with the knowledge they are making a difference for those who care for loved ones round-the-clock for the last eighteen months.

Since the easing of Covid19 restrictions, the charity say they have experienced an overwhelming demand for its carer respite breaks, including End of Life care.

Many carers just simply just don’t know where to turn to get the help and support they need. Many carers have been caring round-the-clock for some eighteen months without vital help or support and they have now reached their own crisis point with the impact of their caring responsibility affecting their overall health and wellbeing.

One local carer John says:

“Caring is tough, relentless, tiring and depressing. It grinds you down and has a negative impact on your mental wellbeing and relationships. The pressure is never-ending, and it makes you feel trapped.”

Sadly, John is not alone and there are many more local people like him that need an all-important regular respite break.

Crossroads Care Surrey are asking people to support their latest fundraising appeal, entitled ‘Critical times for carers’. Further details about the appeal can be found at https://crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk/carer-appeal/

The charity is seeking to raise more than £20,000 to support those most vulnerable who are waiting for respite care support and are asking the community to support the appeal by taking part in Care for a Cake week from 21-29 August.

Simply gather a few friends or family, either at home, work or virtually, bake or buy some cakes, and start raising money! Fundraisers can either ask people to make a one-off donation to enjoy some cake, or they might decide to charge by the slice or even auction off the cakes.

Jennifer Sanderson, Head of Marketing & Fundraising at Crossroads Care Surrey, said: “Now that we can get together again, hosting an afternoon tea with cake is the perfect way to reconnect with friends, raising vital funds to support local people who give so much, caring round-the-clock.”

For more information about Care for a cake week and how to get involved visit https://crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk/care-for-a-cake-week/

Crossroads is committed to supporting unpaid carers. If you’re a carer, we could help you get a much needed break so you can look after your emotional health. To find out more, get in touch today on 01372 869 970.