Caring for Carers

With Ben Bradshaw at Guildhall Sainsbury's for Carers Week 2013Headway Devon are out and about in Exeter from 9th-15th June to celebrate Carers’ Week and raise awareness of the vital role that carers perform in their local community.

When brain injury strikes, its devastating impact is often felt by their whole family and their lives can be changed forever. Partners, children and parents can find themselves thrown into a caring role with little warning or time to prepare themselves for the challenges that this will bring. Our health and social care systems could not function without the invaluable contributions of these unpaid carers, so Headway Devon recognises the huge importance of providing support, respite and information to carers so that they feel empowered to fulfil this role to the best of their ability.

Thanks to the support of local Sainsbury’s stores, Headway Devon are taking to the streets during the week to provide information and promote the support available to local carers, as well as raising vital funds towards the work that we do with this important and often under-valued group.

We were outside the Sainsbury’s store in the Exeter Guildhall on Monday 9th June with a range of leaflets and resources for people with brain injuries and their carers, as well as collecting tins to raise vital funds. We had a fantastic day outside thist store and raised £57.88 for local people with brain injuries. We will also have an information stand and leaflets in the entrance of the Alphington Road store on Wednesay 11th June, to raise awareness of the valuable role of carers and promote the services that we can provide.

Fundraising & Communications Manager, Holly Keatings says, “Sainsbury’s are fantastic supporters of Carers’ Week and of local charities. We are hugely grateful to the Guildhall and Alphington Road stores for offering us these spaces during Carers’ Week 2014. This is a very important, national event for raising awareness of the vital work that carers do and the spaces outside these busy stores provide the perfect platform for us to reach as many people as possible.”

Carers’ Week is a national event to celebrate and recognise the contribution of the UK’s six million unpaid carers. To find out more visit their website at