Discount Card launched to reward Bedfordshire’s carers
Carers in Bedfordshire is delighted to mark Carers Rights Day by launching their new Discount Card for unpaid family carers. The Discount Card is now available to help unpaid family carers in Central Bedfordshire save money and is a small thank you in recognition of the hard work involved in being a carer.
More than 50 businesses, local and national, have signed up to the Discount Card scheme, such as Boots, Warner Leisure Hotels, Timpsons and Toni & Guy. The offers are across many retail sectors including food and drink, hair and beauty, household, legal, leisure and transport. There are also offers for Young Carers too for example at the Birds of Prey Centre and Café Kidz in Biggleswade.
Local business owner, Lindsey Copperwheat of TC Kitchens and an active member of the Ampthill Chamber of Trade & Commerce, was one of the first to sign up and says: “From personal experience, I know what a struggle it can be to look after someone at home when they are disabled or have a long-term condition. The card is a way for my business to do something practical to help and I would encourage other local businesses to join this discount scheme to reward unpaid family carers”
Carers in Bedfordshire’s Chief Executive, Helen Satterthwaite says, “We know that when you are looking after somebody, money can be tight and we are very excited to be able to offer this scheme out to Bedfordshire’s hard working carers.”
New users of the card have recently said, “I used my card to get all my sofas dry cleaned and it has saved me £10.” Another carer commented that it has certainly raised awareness, “I used my card in Boots in Biggleswade, and the person who served me was very interested in how I was a carer. We had a lovely chat and I was really pleased that someone took an interest in me. Hopefully next time I go in I can update her!”
Lindsey Copperwheat with her Business Discount Card certificate from Nina Pitcairn, Partnerships Officer with Carers in Bedfordshire.
Press Release Date: November 2015