‘ Till you expertise caring for somebody with dementia, or any form of sickness or situation, you don’t know what to anticipate or do,’ says Helena Fischer, a model marketing consultant whose mom has dementia, ‘ Typically you might be left realizing the one you love is struggling, it should solely worsen and that’s robust.’ Given the circumstances (her dad had died abruptly, two years beforehand), Helena and her sister needed to discover ways to care for his or her mom, ‘ I used to be fortunate that I didn’t have to surrender work, however over numerous years – till it turned clear it wasn’t protected for mum to reside in our household residence – we would have liked to shift our lives to assist her reside her beforehand unbiased day-to-day.’
This expertise launched 50-year-old Helena to the broader world of unpaid carers, of all ages (there are an estimated 13.6 million unpaid carers within the UK). ‘ It made me realise how life-limiting and troublesome it’s for thus many individuals in the identical place; with all various kinds of challenges. Many look after family members alone and that’s why the work and message of the Carers UK charity is so vital.’ In November 2022, she determined to do one thing about it. To be able to assist carers and ‘carry somewhat cheer to each ear’, she launched Cheerings a web site promoting a collection of new and classic earrings, with 10% of income going to Carer’s UK.
The small assortment options an eclectic vary of designs, from stylish clip-ons to sparkly studs and vibrant chandeliers (throughout the £20 mark). There may be additionally the choice to purchase classic, together with some retro-tastic door-knockers and faux pearls – good in case you desire to buy second hand.
Three cheers for Cheerings!
Analysis by Helen Johnson.