Dame Judi Dench has signed up to a new project which highlights the driving force of unpaid carers and disabled people through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The renowned actress joins a host of famous faces who feature in a Revitalise video putting an honouring the 13.5 million people looking after a vulnerable person in the UK without receiving any payment.
The charity asked for disabled people and care workers to share their emotions about lockdown, the highs and the lows, in no more than 500 words as part of their Revitalise 500 competition under the #CareforCarers campaign.
Dame Judi said: “This need is more important than ever. I am wholeheartedly joining with Revitalise to launch an urgent fundraising appeal, #CareForCarers, to raise £1 million directly to help carers and disabled people get the break they desperately need, and so deserve.”
Revitalise chief executive Jan Tregelles said: “We were really pleased to receive some genuinely humorous, touching and heartfelt submissions for our Revitalise 500 competition, and we think this video captures the best of them, giving the viewer a window into the world of disabled people and their carers during the pandemic.
“Home carers are amazing, talented people and we’re proud to shine a light on their stories.
A panel of celebrities’ judges including Paralympian David Smith MBE, actor Peter Polycarpou, radio presenter Mark Radcliffe, actress Carol Royle and comedian Alexei Sayle, chose the best ten entries to feature in the video.
The overall winner was Sam Hinton who submitted a touching poem titled ‘Funny, yummy, disabled, single Mummy (a lockdown lament)’
Sam has won a week respite break at a Revitalise centre of her choice.
You can make a donation towards the #CareForCarers campaign through the Revitalise website.
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