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Dreaming during lockdown raises vital funds to care for carers

The sale of raffle tickets for a stay and afternoon tea at the Daffodil Hotel and Spa near Grasmere is helping a local charity look after unpaid carers (Credit Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Grasmere)

People dreaming of afternoon teas and a night away during the coronavirus lockdown have raised £1,324 by buying raffle tickets in aid of a South Lakes charity that cares for unpaid carers.

The Daffodil Hotel & Spa in Grasmere provided three prizes, an overnight stay for two with a spa treatment and two luxury afternoon teas for two.

And Kitridding Farm Shop, a family business selling, native breed, traditionally butchered meats, provided a £50 hamper.

Other local business helped by selling raffle tickets during May and June.

Chief exec Mike Seaton from Carer Support South Lakes said: “All funds raised through the raffle means we are one step closer to meeting our fundraising target of £75k ensuring essential services can continue for carers – including the sitting service, counselling service and group sessions.

“It’s incredibly tough right now because of the Covid-19 virus which is impacting on how we support carers and our fundraising. So, every bit helps.”

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. The charity offers carer assessments, helps carers understand their rights, and delivers vital services such as counselling, group sessions and a sitting service to give unpaid carers much-needed respite.

For more information about Carer Support South Lakes visit

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