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Take time out and make every cuppa count for North Yorkshire’s carers

A charity which supports Harrogate and Ripon’s growing number of unpaid carers is appealing to all those who are fortunate to have time for a cuppa to raise funds for those in their community who don’t.

By staging its inaugural “Time Out For Tea” initiative, the independent charity Carers’ Resource is hoping to stir up interest in its work supporting those looking after a loved one day-in day-out.

It is using Carers’ Week (June 9 – 15) as a platform for encouraging as many people as possible to join in the initiative, share a cup of tea with family, friends or work colleagues, and make a donation.

All the money raised will go towards giving local carers a much-needed break from the everyday pressures they face, which can often leave them mentally and physically exhausted.

According to official figures from the 2011 census, there are more than 500,000 people providing unpaid care in Yorkshire and the Humber – but it is believed the actual figure may be far higher.

Charity’s events and fund-raising coordinator Anne Wells said: Having a cup of tea with a friend is one of life’s simple pleasures – but for many carers living in our communities across Harrogate, Ripon and other parts of North Yorkshire this is not always possible.

It is a fact that we will all know someone who is a carer. ‘Time for Tea’ is all about raising awareness of the relentless pressures that this role brings, and raising money to help them take a rest or a break from these duties to promote their own health and well-being.

Whether you are at home or at work, staging a tea party or just sitting down with a cuppa, you can make a real difference.

All those taking part will automatically be entered into a prize draw when they send back their donation. The winner will receive a £50 voucher from Bettys to spend in Bettys Tea Room or online.

If you would like to take part, please call the Carers’ Resource on 01423 500555 or email, or visit

Main photograph: Anne Wells (left), events and fund-raising coordinator of the Harrogate and Ripon-based Carers’ Resource, and volunteer Louise Flint launch the charity’s “Time Out for Tea” initiative

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