We have to thank W.Bro.Howard Shoesmith for bringing this deserving cause to our attention. When hearing of their plight from his wife Lesley, who is a member of the team at Carers’ Resource.
Carers’ Resource is a Registered Charity, formed out of a merger in 2013, with offices in Shipley, Harrogate and Ripon. It provides a practical service, not only to carers giving them time off, knowing their loved ones are being looked after, but also individuals who live alone. Funding is sourced from North Yorkshire County Council, Bradford Metropolitan Authority and the Big Lottery , and most importantly, from charitable donations.
The Coronavirus pandemic had significantly increased their PPE expenditure with the full years budget being spent in the first six weeks. With an obvious need, Howard arranged for 200 visors to be sent forward, and approached the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust to enquire if further support could be provided. After detailed consideration, a grant of one thousand pounds was approved and, as can be seen in the photograph, delivered Howard to Ms Sam Dawson, Head of Care.
The Charity is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Charity this year and had 25 events planned, to not only raise awareness but also funds for the carers they support. Sadly most had to be cancelled but they did proceed with a 25k walk from Shipley to Skipton, taking six hours, on Wednesday 10th June which Sam, and James Elwood, their Registered Manager, completed to raise £2,377.00, very well done.
They provide a quality service with trained professional and care support workers, who, despite their own anxieties, have continued to provide critical services to the most vulnerable in our community. It is important to bear in mind that a Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability. They may even be juggling paid work with caring responsibilities at home, a tough job, at times unrelenting pressure with little chance to relax and a lot of worry.
Carers’ Resource also provides information to carers, professionals and vulnerable adults, on a broad range of subjects including, but not restricted to, support, whether financial, practical or emotional and how to access it, help with hospital admissions and discharge processes, where to turn when needing services and support, how to develop new hobbies and interests, join groups, forums and have peer support.
A very caring and committed group who are most certainly well worthy of our support and does it not, as Howard said, make you feel proud to be a Mark Master Mason.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.