Caitlin Paterson

I started my placement here with WAC as a Marketing and Communications intern in May, and little did I know I'd be walking into one of the most welcoming and "caring" organisations.

While I've learned a lot these last few months about marketing and communications in this sector and in this country, it's the impact that this organisation, and it's staff, have on the community that will leave the most lasting impression.

The true definition of "carer" was not something I was familiar with before living in the U.K., only to learn that I know friends and family that would fall under this definition.

"Do you provide any unpaid support to a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental ill-health or substance misuse problems?"

3 out of 5 of us will fall into this category at some point during our lifetime. The caring role can be tedious, stressful, isolating - hence why Worcestershire Association of Carers was established 20 years ago - to give vital support. In the county I now call home, there are more than 63,000 carers with a growing total of 6.5 million nationwide, saving the NHS billions.

I've seen first hand the impact this organisation has had on carer's lives in this community by offering advice, companionship, and compassion. I'm running for the 63,000 carers across Worcestershire - help me, to help them, to help others.

£15 will pay for a break for a carer

£30 will pay for a training session to help a carer looking after someone or information and advice for a new carer

£120 will support an isolated carer with a befriending service for a year

To find out more about WAC and what we do: https://www.carersworcs.org.uk/

Any donation is helpful in having an impact on a carer's life - so thank you! I'll see you at the finish line! #teamWAC2018

Caitlin Paterson