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Mayor wishes local carers a ‘tea-riffic’ afternoon and thanks them for all they do

Around 50 carers from across Wirral will enjoy a special afternoon tea this week as a little ‘thank you’ for all their efforts during the Pandemic.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor George Davies, visited New Ferry Community Centre earlier this afternoon (Wednesday 9 June) to lend a hand with the arrangements and meet some of the carers. Known as ‘Care for Carers’, the project is the brainchild of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS), who teamed up with Liverpool FC, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Council and all of the other Merseyside local authorities and a number of other organisations, to recognise the commitment and sacrifice made by unpaid carers.

The afternoon tea packs have been provided by Liverpool FC before being delivered by volunteers and MFRS fire crews to carers in Wirral, and across the rest of Merseyside, earlier this afternoon.

The donation, which coincides with National Carers Week, follows a similar initiative in December which saw MFRS crews and volunteers deliver traditional Christmas day lunch to around 100 older people in Wirral. Nick McCormack, Station Manager at MFRS, who is one of over 60 volunteers delivering afternoon teas today, said: “We know that the last 15 months has been extremely difficult for everyone - we have all had to make sacrifices in order to keep those around us safe. Unfortunately there are many members of our community who simply cannot look after themselves and so rely on carers to help them on a daily basis.

“Many of these people are unpaid carers and are often family members – sometimes children – of those who are in need of support. The commitment and bravery of these people is remarkable and whilst we know that the afternoon tea is in no way comparable to the efforts they have shown throughout the Pandemic, we hope it will bring a little cheer to their day and offer them a little respite.”

The project would not be possible without the support of Liverpool FC, whose community team Red Neighbours will be preparing the afternoon teas, and Age UK Wirral who have worked with counterparts in other Merseyside districts to identify the carers to receive the special ‘thank you’.

Forbes Duff, Senior Manager at Red Neighbours, said: “There are so many extraordinary carers in our local communities looking after friends and family members, many of whom do so without respite or financial support. Their selflessness and commitment is amazing and it makes such a big difference to the people they support.  We want to thank them for all that they do with a small act of kindness, which we hope will acknowledge their dedication and the important work they do, and put a smile on their faces.”

Jenny Paton, DCEO Age UK Wirral, said: “We are delighted to be working with MFRS and Liverpool FC to ensure that our carers know we appreciate how hard the last year has been. The afternoon teas will be a real treat for their unpaid carers who spend all their time looking after their loved one and putting their needs first. It gives us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate and care about them, and lets them know they can come to us for support of they need it.”