About Carers Week 2017

Carers Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

Our annual ‘Walk a Mile in a Carer’s Shoes’ event took place on Saturday 10th June to kick start Carers Week 2017 which runs from 12th-18th June. Walkers arrived at Artsite, Theatre Square, Swindon for a sponsored walk through Swindon town centre to help raise awareness and funds for carers. Money raised will greatly benefit carers of all ages and support them to have a quality of life alongside their caring role.

We were joined by local MPs Robert Buckland and Justin Tomlinson, who helped SCC CEO Susanna Jones commence the walk. Walkers were flashed mobbed by SCC’s Carers Choir along the way! The choir performed their choir’s song ‘Don’t Worry About Me’ to a packed crowd in the heart of Swindon town centre.

After the walk there were refreshments at Artsite. Thanks to Artsite, there was a special art exhibition produced by carers to view. ‘Reflections of a Carer’ is an exhibition of work by local artist and carer Vicky Silver. The exhibition also incorporates work from a group of Swindon carers who have been enjoying workshops at Artsite as a break from their caring role. The exhibition is open to the public through Carers Week.

We would like to thank everyone who supported ‘Walk a Mile in a Carers Shoes’. It was fantastic to see so many people join us to raise awareness of carers in Swindon. Great start to Carers Week 2017!

There is still time to donate! If you would like to make a donation online, please go to our Virgin Money Giving page by clicking here.

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