Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has pledged its support to Shared Care Scotland’s Respitality initiative – which coincided with Carers Week 2021.
Respitality facilitates complimentary short breaks from routine for unpaid carers put forward by carers organisations.These donated breaks have proven to be vital for both unpaid carers physical and mental health and wellbeing too.
Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels is supporting the project by donating bed and breakfast stays at all eight hotels in its portfolio, 50 family passes to Glen’s Adventure Park at Crieff Hydro Hotel and a group two-hour Gin School experience at 1881 Distillery in Peebles.
Nic Oldham, Head of Customer and Commercial at Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, said, “Thanks to the geographical spread of our properties, we can reach and support families across Scotland with a variety of breaks. We hope our donation will allow many unpaid carers the opportunity to take time for themselves and recharge.”
Kerry Donaghy, Respitality Scotland Coordinator, added, “Covid-19 has impacted on many, not least unpaid carers, where its estimated that one in five people in Scotland are now providing support for a loved one. With many support services still not operating at full capacity, the pressure on unpaid carers is heavier than ever which is why short breaks are so important.
“The tourism industry has also taken a massive hit due to Covid-19, so to be offered such a generous package of breaks from Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels, particularly when they are still in the recovery period, will mean the world to unpaid carers who need these regular and energising breaks to help them continue caring.”
Funded by the Scottish Government and supported by local businesses, the project currently operates in 19 local authority areas in Scotland.