Unpaid carers in Salisbury have received an early delivery from Santa’s helper Helen Dowse this Christmas. Some 127 bags of goodies containing homemade cakes, biscuits, jams and handcrafted gifts have been distributed to nominated carers across Salisbury by volunteers. Nominees include people who care for a family member, relative or friend, and range from young carers to partners of elderly, disabled or people living with dementia or other chronic illnesses.
Behind the project to recognise and thank unpaid carers across the City is Salisbury Carers’ Champion Helen Dowse. She put out a call for local people to contribute to the goodie bags and to nominate worthy recipients. Her call was answered by local people with great generosity and she and husband Steve (Chief Elf) have been busy packing and distributing the completed bags for the past few weeks!
Salisbury Carers’ Champion and Safer and Supportive Salisbury Member Helen Dowse says: “This Christmas I wanted to ensure recognition for unpaid carers and the important role they play both in the lives of the people they care for and the wider community. They have made a magnificent contribution during the past nine months which have been challenging for all of us, and especially so for unpaid carers. As ever, the generosity of the people of Salisbury has been overwhelming and my call for donations received an amazing response. Those who contributed so generously are too numerous to mention individually but I would like to give a very special mention to Tesco, Central Fruits, MENCAP, Anne Trevett and Irene Kohler for their outstanding generosity. I now know how Santa feels as he packs up all the Christmas stockings!”
Find Helen on the Wiltshire Together website and on Twitter @dowse_helen
Helen Dowse is the Carers’ Champion for Salisbury. She is a member of Safer and Supportive Salisbury, a volunteer with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Carers Support Wiltshire, Salisbury Medical Practice and Wiltshire Council.