Lily* is 45 and cares for her husband Tom who has post traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy and diabetes. 

Man and woman holding hands. Copyight: ShutterstockLily helps Tom wash and dress, supports him to attend appointments, manages the paperwork, does all the household chores and looks after their three children.

The family is on a low income, they live hand to mouth and have no savings and this has left Lily drained and constantly stressed. Lily doesn’t sleep well and is constantly woken in the night by Tom. 

The couple were sharing an old bed but with the support of her local carer service, Carers Trust was able to award Lily a grant of £250 towards the cost of a new bed.

Having a new bed will help us sleep more comfortably reducing stress and tiredness so I will be able to continue caring with more energy and compassion because of a good night’s sleep.

* Identities and photos of carers have been changed in the interest of privacy.