An Ambleside resident used her design talents to raise funds for Kendal-based charity, Carer Support South Lakes during the lockdown.
Annie Woods, who works for local business FAB Interiors, used her spare time while furloughed to sell handmade earrings via social media platform, Instagram. For every pair sold Annie donated £2 to the charity. With her sales soon reaching 100 pairs the donation topped £200.
“I started the little business in May, at the height of lockdown, and built up a following from as far away as Jersey. Each pair was packaged up and sent off with a handwritten thank you,” said Annie.
“Giving part of the profits to Carer Support South Lakes was my way of recognising the fantastic contribution that unpaid Carers make to our communities. My Grandad had vascular dementia and my Granny became his Carer for a number of years before he passed away, so I appreciate how difficult but how important unpaid caring really is.”
Carer Support South Lakes is the only Carer support charity in South Lakeland. It helps around 1,250 unpaid Carers, aged between six and 98-years old. They offer Carer assessments, help Carers understand their rights, and deliver vital services such as counselling, group sessions and a sitting service to give unpaid Carers much-needed respite.
“I’m really pleased to know that the money will support people from my local community. Carers looking after family and friends get very little recognition so I’m pleased that my few weeks of creativity will help them in a small way.” Concluded Annie.
Anyone who looks after a friend or family member can find out if they are entitled to support by contacting the charity: carersupportsouthlakes.org.uk/