£1m appeal for new carers’ centre

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Around 100 guests at the second Celebration of Carers at the Village Hotel in Blackpool were left visibly moved as carers described how it had felt to look after a loved one with little to no support – until the charity stepped in.

The event celebrated the work of Carers Trust Fylde Coast and carers and included the announcement of a new £1m Three in Five campaign to Build a Better Life for Fylde Coast Carers.

Money raised will convert and kit out a new carers centre.

Carers Trust Fylde Coast, established as Blackpool Carers Centre 10 years ago has a new HQ in waiting – a spacious detached property on Newton Drive bought by Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust and donated to the charity.

The charity must now raise up to £1m to convert the former Blenheim House into a beacon of best practice for Britain’s carers.

John and Danielle Barnett – who helped found the charity – head the new Three in Five campaign To Build a Better Life for Fylde Coast Carers.

The awards were presented by Mayor and Mayoress Coun Peter and Maxine Callow and hosted by Hayley Kaye, ambassador for the charity.