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Pebley Beach support takes Carers Week fundraising total to over £2,000

Picture: SCC’s Ann Giles and Managing Director Dominic Threlfall in 2019. 

Swindon Carers Centre has raised more than £2,000 from its ‘Walk A Mile’ event during Carers Week after receiving the backing of motor dealer Pebley Beach.

Every year, as we put our best feet forward for our fundraising walk around the town, Pebley Beach pledges to match our fundraising efforts pound for pound up to £1,000.

Due to lockdown restrictions, we were unable to hold a mass gathering this year, but instead asked supporters to walk a mile wherever they could. You took up our challenge walking indoors, in back gardens, school playgrounds, and parks with family members.

We also ran additional daily activities throughout the week, including musical performances, fancy dress, and tea parties – all held in a socially-distanced way following this year’s theme ‘Make Caring Visible’.

In total, we raised £1,040 which combined with match funding from Pebley Beach brought the fundraising total to £2,040.

Fiona Prinzi, Deputy CEO of Swindon Carers, said: “The current coronavirus pandemic continues to present a huge challenge for unpaid carers of all ages in Swindon.

“Many are feeling the impact of taking on a full-time caring role for family members and friends during this time.

“Our staff are busy responding to an increased need for practical and emotional support as a result.

“That’s why we’re incredibly grateful to Pebley Beach for continuing to generously match-fund donations for Carers Week and Walk A Mile. We know this will make a real difference directly to carers at a vital time.”

Pebley Beach managing director Dominic Threlfall said: “We’re delighted to be able to support Swindon Carers again this year. Well done to everyone who helped raise so much money in extremely challenging circumstances.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Swindon Carers Centre has been busy helping carers to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic, including:

* Phoning carers and keeping morale up

* Running virtual activities like arts and crafts, carers singing for everyone, and counselling sessions.

* Running two new fortnightly newsletters – one for young carers and one for adult carers – where they send in recipes, photos and ideas

* Running a Swindon Schools Got Talent competition for all children in Swindon Schools

* Continuing its schools’ work and registering 16 young carers for AQA Unit Award Scheme units

* Visiting carers and delivering milestone birthday cakes, kindly donated by Morrisons and Waitrose

* Helping carers whose finances have been affected by the pandemic navigate the benefits and welfare system