The Carers Association, which has relocated to the Aras, Main St, Newbridge due to cutbacks, put on a pamper morning for local carers to celebrate National Carer’s week.
RTE’s Brenda Donohue, who is from Newbridge, was presented with an award and a bouquet of flowers at the pamper morning last Wednesday for her trojan work in raising funds and running for the association at the Ladies Mini Maraghon at the start of June.
Area manager Anne Flynn highlighted the importance of celebrating the carers who are often hidden in the community.
“This week is National Carers week,” she said. “It is about celebrating carers and making sure that they get something in return. They are often hidden in the community so this is a nice treat for them today and throughout the week. We keep battling against the HSE to keep our funding and even though we moved out of the centre, we still have a presence in Kildare.”
The pampering was provided by Antoinette Connolly and Dympna Dreeling of Docmorris Pharmacy who were on hand to give mini facials and manicures in between coffee and cake.
“We are honoured to be part of National Carers week,” said Dympna. “This is our chosen charity and we are aware of the difficulties facing so many families who get so little recognition for the care they give.”
Brenda, whose mum Mary and aunt Pauline were also in attendance, said the reaction to her fund raise and run for the Carers Association was “phenomenal”.
“I am thrilled that I did it,” she said. “I don’t personally have experience of caring for somebody in need but the thing that really struck me was the cost – E20 an hour to pay someone to be cared for – it felt very tangible to raise that kind of money. The Carers Association is such an easy target and budgets are always being cut. It touches everybody - 20 people ran with me including Mary and Dervala from Crystal Swing so it had a domino effect and the money is still coming in.”
Meanwhile local carer, Stella Kavanagh from Naas who looks after her son John said the pamper morning was “brillant”.
“I look forward to it every year,” she said. “The girls here are fantastic and it means a lot if you are caring for somebody at home.”