Carer Support South Lakes

Keswick To Kendal Sponsored Walk Saturday 8th June 2024

My name is Stuart Graves and this is the fourth Keswick to Kendal walk I have organised to raise awareness around unpaid Carers, and male Carers in particular.
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Closes on 31/10/2024
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In the picturesque landscapes of Keswick and Kendal, a journey of compassion and resilience is set to unfold on the 8th of June 2024. Stuart Graves, a dedicated advocate for unpaid Carers, is gearing up for his fourth Keswick to Kendal walk, an annual event that has become a beacon of awareness and support for those often unseen in society.

Stuart, a full-time unpaid male Carer, knows first-hand the challenges that Carers face, especially during times of crisis. As the organiser of this annual event, he aims to shed light on the struggles of unpaid Carers, particularly the often-overlooked male Carers, who quietly bear the weight of their responsibilities.

Reflecting on the past four years, marked by unprecedented challenges and lockdowns, Stuart emphasises the importance of human connections. For the Male Carer's Support Group, accustomed to regular face-to-face meetings, the sudden limitations imposed by the lockdowns became not just obstacles but potential sources of isolation for its members.

The K2K walk serves as a poignant symbol of solidarity, a collective effort to acknowledge and address the hardships endured by unpaid Carers. Stuart, along with men and women from all walks of life, will embark on this journey to amplify the voices of those who care selflessly for their loved ones, often without respite.

Carer Support South Lakes, a Charity dedicated to supporting over 1,800 unpaid Carers, plays a crucial role in Stuart's life. As a full-time male Carer, he volunteers for the Charity and leads their Men's Support Group, providing a lifeline for those who need it most.

The chosen date for this remarkable event, situated between National Volunteers Week and National Carers Week, holds particular significance. Stuart, both a volunteer with CSSL and a registered unpaid Carer, embodies the spirit of dedication and service that these weeks celebrate.

The walk, spanning from Keswick to Kendal, invites participants to either complete the entire journey or form relay teams, accommodating the schedules of those whose caring responsibilities cannot be set aside for the whole day. Stuart himself will be walking the full length, symbolising the endurance and commitment required of Carers every day.

To male Carers who may be hesitant to reach out, Stuart extends a heartfelt invitation to join the Men's Support Group. Understanding the tendency to wear masks and hide true feelings, the group provides a safe space for men to share their experiences and find strength in solidarity.

As the walk approaches, Stuart and his fellow participants call on the community for support. Donations towards their efforts will not only fund the event but will also serve as a tangible expression of gratitude to those who tirelessly care for their loved ones.

Join Stuart Graves and the compassionate community on the 8th of June 2024, as they take each stride with purpose, raising awareness, and honouring the resilience of unpaid Carers who are the unseen heroes among us.

About the charity

Each year we work with more than 1,800 unpaid Carers, 200 are Young Carers providing access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support & opportunities to take a break. Your donations, whether large or small, make a huge difference to unpaid Carers in our Community.

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