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Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston upon Thames.

Show an Act of Kindness this Christmas

Christmas can be a time of great loneliness for older carers who are caring for someone with debilitating conditions like dementia and disability. For only £25, our staff team will deliver a Christmas hamper to local carers in need. Can you help?
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Christmas is meant to be a time of celebration. But imagine if you had no one to exchange gifts with, no one to pull a cracker with and not even a spare moment to put together a festive meal. 

That is the harrowing reality for many unpaid older carers who are looking after loved-ones with debilitating conditions such as dementia and profound disability.  

A Crossroads service user, widower Craig, 74, whose wife died shortly after their 46-year-old son suffered a catastrophic cardiac arrest which led to brain injury and cognitive and mobility problems, knows all too well how lonely Christmas can be for many unpaid carers.

‘Caring is 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that doesn’t stop at Christmas,’ he says.

‘Often people don’t understand what you’re going through, so being out and about can leave you feeling low and even lonelier. The hamper, which Crossroads Care staff hand-delivered to us last year really lifted the spirits of my son and I, and made Christmas Day special.’  

Caring takes an enormous toll on the mental and physical health of carers, with 70 per cent reporting an extreme lack of social contact and almost half of all carers struggling to make ends meet.

Indeed, so relentless is unpaid caring that carers consistently report that they feel on the edge of breakdown. 

That’s why Crossroads Care is bringing back its Show an Act of Kindness Appeal for the third year running. 

For just £25, our staff and volunteers will hand-deliver a personalised Christmas hamper full of delicious food staples to older unpaid carers. 

What unpaid older carers say about Crossroads Care:  

Crossroads have been a Godsend in my life. When I first contacted them, they became my entire life. I had nothing and they were there for me. I was so isolated and they gave me a connection with the outside world.

The hardest thing about caring for someone with dementia is that you're not just dealing with the terrible loss you feel, but you have to manage the grief of the other person. There are some days when the pain is so extreme that it feels physical, but no matter what's happening with myself or my husband, Crossroads are always there and I am so grateful.

About the charity

Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston upon Thames provides high quality home and community respite services to unpaid Carers and the people they support. A registered charity, and network partner of Carers Trust, we have been caring for people of all ages and disability for over 30 years.

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