Firewalk planned as funding cuts loom

PUBLISHED: 07:50 04 July 2011

Crossroads workers prepare to put their best foot forward

Crossroads workers prepare to put their best foot forward

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A VITAL organisation which supports carers across North Somerset has warned it could be forced to scale down or axe some services in response to tough budget cuts.

Crossroads Care North Somerset has seen its cash slashed by 10 per cent already, and bosses are bracing themselves for a further 30 per cent reduction as North Somerset Council tightens its belt.

This would place unbearable strain on the charity’s resources, and make it impossible to run its full range of services in support of the district’s carers.

General manager Christine Holland said: “Our disabled children’s and young carers’ budgets have already been cut by 10 per cent but we are expecting further possible cuts across our services of 30 per cent.

“This would reduce services dramatically and may force some of our services to finish completely.

“We provide a lifetime of vital services and support to local carers, who tell us that we are their lifeline.

“We offer respite to everyone from parents who may have a baby who is born with a serious illness or disability, to families who are providing palliative care at home to a loved one who is nearing the end of life.”

The reduction means the charity is trying to dream up some novel new money-spinning ideas to help bridge the funding gap.

First up will be an exhilarating fire walk, where intrepid fundraisers will be challenged to walk over red hot embers.

Christine said: “What could be more inspirational than taking part in such an exhilarating experience, while at the same time raising money for crucial local services?

“This will be an exciting and visually spectacular family event to be held on a dark October evening, so we are asking supporters to come along and cheer on the brave fire walkers.

“There will be plenty to keep everyone entertained with music, a barbecue, bar and a raffle.

“If you have a burning ambition to make a difference please contact us for further information. We would love to hear from you.”

The fire walk – which will be supervised by Scott Bell, holder of two Guinness World Records for fire walking – will take place at 7.30pm on October 22 at Weston Cricket Club in Devonshire Road. Entry is £20, plus a minimum of £40 in sponsorship pledges, and walkers must be over 16.

For more details call Crossroads on 01934 411855.

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