Unpaid carers step back into the 1940s

Unpaid carers were treated to some 1940s nostalgia at a vintage tea party held at an Ilkeston Medical Centre.

Thanks to a £250 carers’ grant from the Co-operative Group, three members of staff from Littlewick Medical Centre on Nottingham Road organised the party as respite for isolated carers of all ages.



Carers’ administrators Samantha Cox and Keely Beer, began organising coffee mornings for carers on the last Thursday of each month in June 2012. Since then attendance has gone from six to 40 carers at each one.

She said: “We applied to the Co-operative because we wanted to promote social opportunities and reward those who work so hard - it’s been a success.”

Former carers Wendy Topliss, of Ilkeston and Julian Smith, of Stanton, both lost a parent they cared for, and found comfort in the coffee mornings.

Carer Christine Bennett, who cares for her husband, Edward, said: “Samantha has provided a much-needed lifeline for carers - the tea party was a fabulous idea.”

Derbyshire Carers Association also attended to provide advice and support.

Staff and carers managed to raise a total of £165 for the Alzheimer’s Society with cream teas, cakes and a raffle.