Unpaid carers in Angus and Dundee will be treated to a well-earned hour of self-care thanks to a new scheme at the Body Mind Soul Hub in Monikie.
The ‘Kindness Initiative’ asks that local businesses make a contribution of £50 so that an unpaid carer in Dundee or Angus can receive a one-hour treatment of their choice.
The Hub says these sessions will provide a much-needed time out from the challenges of caring for a loved one full-time, while encouraging businesses to share a bit of kindness in their community.
The initiative is the brainchild of owner Morna Milton-Webber and has been launched to mark The Hub’s first anniversary
The Hub is a not-for-profit social enterprise, which offers a range of holistic therapies, fitness and health classes and treatments whose profits go to charity.
Morna said: “Here at The Body Mind Soul Hub we believe acts of kindness are important for wellbeing, providing a positive impact on both the giver and receiver.
“We are asking for businesses in Dundee and Angus to get on board and join us in giving a small donation that could make a big impact in someone’s life.
“I know from personal experience that caring for a loved one can be a demanding responsibility.
“Unpaid carers really are the unsung heroes of our communities and I hope our new ‘Kindness Initiative’ will bring us together to help some of them get a little time back just for themselves.
“We are inviting local people to nominate unpaid carers in their community who they believe deserve a bit of pampering, while we approach local businesses for sponsorship.
“We hope that enough businesses agree to make a contribution that a different carer can come to the BMS Hub each month throughout 2020 to enjoy and benefit from a paid for therapy of their choosing.
“Fifty pounds should cover the cost of the therapy with enough left over to enjoy a coffee and cake afterwards.”
Jenny Howe from Carnoustie, who runs the fundraising campaign ‘Hope for Blake’, is the first carer set to benefit from the Kindness Initiative.
Jenny’s 7-year-old son, Blake, requires 24 hours a day care because of a rare condition called MeCP2 Duplication Syndrome.
Jenny said: “Blake has never been able to sit, crawl, walk, talk or feed himself, so he requires round the clock care.
“I gave up my job as a nurse so I can split my time between caring for Blake and raising funds to find a cure for this cruel illness.
“Caring for Blake, fundraising, and being there for my 10 year old daughter Faye, can feel all consuming, and there’s rarely time left for me.
“I think this is a wonderful initiative and I’m really looking forward to my treatment.”
Leanne Rankin, owner of Sweet Nix café in Monikie, is the first business sponsor of the project.
Leanne said: “My Father in Law cared for his wife for 20 years, but it wasn’t until he passed away and my husband and I took over the caring responsibilities that we realised the enormity of the task he had undertaken for all those years.
“He never once complained despite having no time out, but it must have been exhausting for him. So when Morna approached me to become the first sponsor of the Kindness Initiative, I didn’t hesitate.
“I knew my father-in-law would have loved the chance to have an hour for himself, and I’m so pleased to be able to provide some well-earned respite for Jenny.”