Fundraising Fun at West Cumbria Carers!

MONDAY 6th June marked the start of Carers Week, a week of national campaigning and fund raising which aims to raise the profile of Britain’s seven million unpaid carers (over 18,000 live in Allerdale and Copeland).

Our  picture shows some of our XtraMile4Carers Walkers reaching the finishing line at Whitehaven.

Our picture shows some of our XtraMile4Carers Walkers reaching the finishing line at Whitehaven.

The theme of the week was “Building Carer Friendly Communities” and West Cumbria Carers arranged a series of events aimed at drawing attention to just how important the role of a carer is.

Local support helped make it a huge success, and to date they have raised nearly £3400.00 to provide essential support to both adult and young carers based here in West Cumbria. Here’s how:


On Tuesday and Wednesday 2 cupcake events were held, one at their offices in Cockermouth and one at the Cornerstone Bookshop in Whitehaven. Both events were well attended with many cupcakes and cuppa’s consumed.

Many local carers, colleagues and businesses got involved in the campaign online by sharing their ‘cakies’ – you can see all the pictures on our website at

Cupcake mayhem was also supported by events at West Cumberland Hospitals Yewdale Ward, staff at LLW Repository Ltd, Derwent Patchworks and St Begh’s School at Whitehaven.

Going the XtraMile4Carers

Finally, on Friday a team of West Cumbria Carers staff & volunteers walked from Millom to Port Carlisle, in stages, along the Cumbria Coastal Way.

Eleven teams of walkers took part (three of whom were joined by some very energetic canine companions), each team walking a stretch of around 10 miles.

Six of the teams worked their way south from Port Carlisle to Whitehaven and the other 5 travelled north from Millom to Whitehaven.

At the end of the day all walkers and support staff met up at Whitehaven to enjoy a well-deserved rest and some refreshments – a wonderful way to end the week!

West Cumbria Carers thank all staff, volunteers, carers and businesses who supported us during the week – it was, once again, hugely successful week.