THERE was great fun all day at Caffe Nero last Thursday when the Carers Careline team all but took over the classy coffee shop for a fundraising event.
With the support of Caffe Nero who provided the setting and Pure Gym who provided the exercise bike, the charity set up a bike riding challenge asking people to guess how many kilometres would be covered by the team in six hours.
Top prize for the closest estimate was a a magnificent luxury £50 Hotel Chocolat hamper.
Other prizes donated by Caffe Nero were also up for grabs including a ‘guess how many marbles in the jar’ for children to win a jar of jelly beans and other Easter egg prizes, as well as the café offering customers a free drink with every cake bought.
“We were there to raise funds and awareness so that people would find out about Carers Careline and learn how they support home carers,” said the charity’s chief officer Erica Di Meo.
“As we all know, if people caring for family members and friends who are no longer capable of living without help just stopped, the cost to the NHS would overnight completely collapse.
“The question is, who carers for the carers?”
She added: “We had great fun and the café staff were absolutely fantastic as were Pure Gym.
“Altogether we raised more than £300 on the day and the money is still rolling in on the local giving site for this fundraiser.
“But it really wasn’t just about the money – it was about people in our local community coming in and meeting the team.
“We’re hoping that we reached out to many more people who wouldn’t have ever thought about registering with us. “
Carers Careline is a Redditch charity which supports anyone who is caring for someone else because they can’t look after themselves.
To contact them, call 01527 66177.
The charity is based at the Ecumenical Centre and people can pop in to talk to the team on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.