Staff at Wiltshire’s Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition have hosted an event for the national organisation Carers’ UK as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Employees at the leading medical nutrition company, attended a ‘lunch and learn’ session at their Wiltshire base on the White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge.
Kate Hall, external affairs manager for Nutricia said: “The aim of these events are for staff to be given the opportunity to meet and engage with the charities we work in partnership with.”
Stephen Hill and Dee Brecker, of Carers UK, talked to staff and outlined the charity’s aims for 2015, their golden anniversary year.
This includes asking people to raise £50 for the charity’s 50th anniversary; recruiting supporters to take part in the 50 Hills’ Challenge and appealing for 500 new volunteers nationwide.
Dee Brecker, director of communications and fundraising, told Nutricia employees there are 6.5 million people in the UK looking after someone through old age, illness or disability. She also said these carers often go unnoticed – particularly by their employer if they are of working age.
“No one should have to care alone and we are there to support carers, whatever their circumstances and we intend to continue to campaign for lasting change to improve the quality of life for carers, ” Dee said.
Dee told staff Carers UK was founded by Mary Webster in 1965, two years after she wrote to a national newspaper to explain how difficult she found life as a single woman, who was working and trying to care for elderly parents.
The response was so overwhelming she set up the National Council For Single Women and Their Dependants – which later became Carers UK. The term ‘carer’ was first used in 1980.
Nutricia works with several charities aligned to its mission to improve people’s health through nutrition, ensuring access to the right nutritional care at the right time. This year, employees are being asked to support the charity during its 50th year. This includes the organisation’s chief executive Helen Herklots, taking part in the 50 Hills’ Challenge, which will include hills in Wiltshire in her epic journey.
Pictured above: Dee Brecker and Stephen Hill of Carers UK at the ‘lunch & learn’ event at Nutricia in Trowbridge.