£600 party boost for caring team

CHEERS: Alison Dixon (top left) and Jan Burden (top centre) from Easington District Carers enjoy coffee with Andrea Kelly (bottom left), Pat Hassin (top right) and Suzanne Silver, from Caring for Carers, who presented them with �640 from their garden party
CHEERS: Alison Dixon (top left) and Jan Burden (top centre) from Easington District Carers enjoy coffee with Andrea Kelly (bottom left), Pat Hassin (top right) and Suzanne Silver, from Caring for Carers, who presented them with �640 from their garden party
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A DEDICATED team of women have helped raise hundreds of pounds as a thanks for the help and support they have been given by a carers’ organisation.

Andrea Kelly, Suzanne Silver, Pat Hassin and Phyllis Liddle helped raise a total of £640 for Easington District Carers, based in Lee House, Peterlee, by holding a garden party.

The group, who are all carers or are cared for, called themselves Caring for Carers.

Dozens of people flocked to the garden party, which was held recently at Pat’s house in Millom Court, in the Oakerside area of Peterlee.

Highlights included a performance by The Pantastic Steel Band, face-painting, raffles, competitions, games and various stalls.

All of the money raised will help fund respite trips and therapy sessions for carers.

Disabled mum Andrea has suffered from arthritis and fibromyalgia, which affects the muscles and joints, since childbirth.

The 47-year-old balances dealing with her own condition with looking after her autistic daughter, Shannen, 17, who also suffers from depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and social communication disorder.

Andrea is cared for by her husband, David, 50, a worker at NSK, in Peterlee.

The pair live in Brougham Court, Peterlee, with their eldest daughter, Hannah, 20, who is also a young carer.

Andrea said: “Easington District Carers is an amazing organisation.

“They are there when you need them and you can always pop in for a chat when you need support.

“The four of us wanted to thank everybody at Easington District Carers for all the help and support that they provide.

“Despite the rain, the garden party went really well and we managed to raise £640.

“There must have been 70 to 80 people through the doors on the day.”

Suzanne, of Easington Colliery, also suffers from fybromyalgia and is cared for by husband Kingsley, and Pat is her mum.

Phyllis, also of Easington Colliery, cares for her husband Albert, an amputee who lost a leg as a result of a bone disease.

Jan Burden, of Easington District Carers, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the donation and it will help us to keep on providing respite care for our carers.

“We are very grateful to them.

“It was a great day and the wet weather did not dampen spirits.”

For more information on Easington District Carers call (0191) 5869134 and fellow fybromalgia sufferers can call Andrea on 07837 802353.