A NEW Cornish charity supporting unpaid carers has hosted its first fundraising evening.
The Old Lifeboat Bistro in Penzance was the venue when more than 40 people attended and enjoyed a buffet dinner, raising £456 for Promas Caring for People CIC.
All money raised goes towards providing a free three-day course which equips carers with the necessary skills and coping strategies needed in their caring role.
There are 67,000 identified carers in Cornwall, caring for a family member or friend, and statistics from Carers UK show that 87 per cent of carers become unwell themselves either physically or emotionally due to their caring role.
A spokesman from Promas said: "Our company aims to help carers develop the skills necessary to help them to stay well, manage their caring role and have hope for the future. We'd like to thank everybody who supported us, particularly the bistro team whose great staff served us fantastic food.
"Special thanks also go to our speakers, Cornwall Council's carer's commissioner, Naomi Wakeley; operations manager for the Cornwall Carers service, Clare Pawley; and carers Lin and Chris Hunneyball."
Thanks were expressed to the following Cornish businesses: Burroughs & Kearey, Paul Kestle, Cornwall Homeseekers and Agapanthus, SHB Health and Beauty, The Beachfield salon, Harbour Crystals, The Harbourside Café and Thornes; and to Jo Barbary for her donation.
The next Promas event, An Afternoon Tea At The Ritz, is at Ben's Cornish Kitchen in Marazion on February 23. Tickets are available at 01736 339226 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org