As the South of England’s families embark on their annual Easter getaways, I’d like to ask your readers to spare a thought for those who are unable to take such a simple pleasure for granted, not now or at any time of year.
There are millions of people in the UK affected by disability – they may be disabled themselves, or caring for a loved one with a disability.
Many carers devote themselves 24/7 to caring for a loved one, without any chance of a break.
I work for a wonderful charity called Revitalise. We run the Netley Waterside House respite holiday centre in Southampton, which provides much-needed breaks for disabled people and carers from across the region.
Our breaks are an absolute lifeline, enabling our guests to regain their strength and restore their ability to cope.
But according to our own research, a quarter of carers have not been able to take any time away from caring for at least a year and a third have never had any time off since they started caring.
This of course means that those they care for don’t get a break either. For people living with the daily demands of giving and receiving care, the strain is relentless.
Would your readers like to help Revitalise change all that? We touch the lives of thousands of disabled people and carers each year through our respite breaks, but there are countless thousands more in need of support. We need your help to reach out to them.
There are so many ways you can help, from something as simple as making a donation, to taking part in a fundraising event or sparing some time to volunteer at Netley Waterside House.
Please help. If you would like to support Revitalise, call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.revitalise.org.uk.