Family Carers Ireland, the national charity supporting thousands of family carers across Ireland, is seeking the support of people across the region, this Friday, (October 7) as it holds its national fundraising and awareness day, Heart of Gold.
Staff, volunteers and family carers will be out selling €2 Heart of Gold pins to raise vital funds for those caring for loved ones at home such as children or adults with additional needs, physical or intellectual disabilities, older people, those with palliative care needs or those living with chronic illnesses, mental health challenges or addiction.
Funds raised will help Family Carers Ireland continue to provide essential supports and services to family carers.
Among the thousands of family carers supported by Family Carers Ireland since the start of the pandemic is Barbara who cares for her adult son John who has autism and an intellectual disability. Following months of cocooning and a huge deterioration in John's sleep, both were struggling mentally and physically. Thanks to funds generously donated by the public, Family Carers Ireland was able to provide one week of residential respite for John as well as 10 weeks of free counselling for Barbara to help with her emotional wellbeing.
Michelle Moriarty, Community Support Manager for Galway and Mayo, says “amid unprecedented levels of stress caused by the pandemic and a worsening cost of living crisis, more families than ever before are reaching out to us for help.
More information about Family Carers Ireland and the fundraising efforts can be found on their website www.familycarers.ie.