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Christmas is a time for us all to take a break from our day to day lives and spend time with family. But if you’re a family carer like Niamh there is no break at Christmas because caring for your loved one is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job and one that is made all the more difficult due to the cost of living crisis.
Your gift will support carers like Niamh this Christmas and beyond!
Meet Niamh Ryan, a family carer who cares for her son Liam (14) at home in Laois. Liam has severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, a life-limiting condition, and requires 24/7 care.
"Caring for Liam this year has been made all the more difficult because of the cost of living crisis. Everyone is struggling and trying to find ways to cut back or make savings where they can. But for us, this is not an option. Electricity costs are at an all-time high but Liam’s medical equipment has to be left on and charging 24 hours a day. Our heating has to be on more than most as Liam misses a lot of school through illness and must be kept comfortable. Liam’s clothes are more expensive because they have to be adapted for his feeding tube and wheelchair. Our washing machine is used continuously as things get soiled, wheelchair covers need to washed. Taking Liam to his frequent medical appointments requires diesel. Making ends meet can be a struggle. Despite this and how difficult, stressful and exhausting it is, I am determined to look after our beautiful happy boy to the best of my ability and I dread the day when I won’t have to do it anymore."
This Christmas, you can buy a Family Carers Ireland gift of impact. You will help family carers by providing support and information as well as counselling, respite care and help with paying the bills. With your help, Family Carers Ireland can ensure no one is left to care alone this Christmas.
Please note monies raised from this appeal will help fund our supports to family carers in 2023.