Sarah’s Poem written at Kingham Cottage

You know that feeling when you get a lovely surprise? How it makes your day and adds a spring to your step. Everyone around you sees that something has had a big impact on you personally. It can renew your purpose. It can have a lasting effect. This is what Sarah Porter has given After […]

Helping to Combat Loneliness for Carers

We laugh. Nearly cry and we definitely have fun! All within our community of carers and with the amazing support of The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Their collaboration with The National Lottery Community Fund brought funding our way. We pressed on the day we heard the good news. Since, we have […]

Marmalade Insurance supports Free Breaks for Carers

After Umbrage is delighted to announce their exciting fundraising relationship with Peterborough-based motor insurance company, Marmalade Insurance. Marmalade helps you get from A to B by offering innovative and practical insurance products exclusively for young drivers. The company has set up a monthly donation to charity After Umbrage to help keep us on our road […]

International Women’s Day

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. The campaign encourages everyone to challenge gender bias and inequality. In our way, After Umbrage seeks to offset inequality to a small degree. We recognise many of our beneficiaries who are unpaid carers have had to give up employment to care for their loved ones. […]

Dear After Umbrage, love Sara

As a small charity, we cherish letters from our beneficiaries. We love thank you cards too. This letter, ‘Dear After Umbrage, love Sara’ is rather special. It is a heartwarming, honest, and vulnerable account of being an unpaid carer. Sara Bailey and her family have booked a stay at Kingham Cottage later this year. Sara […]

It isn’t easy asking for help

Beneficiaries of After Umbrage are a community of strong, resilient unpaid carers. But that isn’t all. There is so much more to them than that. Ask them to get involved, help with ideas, be a think tank for our small team and they are enthusiastic and willing. They do all this when their days are […]

Take a Break Magazine Features Theo

A special event happened this week. Denise Singh-Eyley and her lovely family were featured in Take a Break, the weekly women’s magazine. In a letter from the heart, Denise told the story of her sixth son called Theo. He was only 2lb 2oz when he was born. But Theo is a fighter and he defied […]

Informal digital coffee breaks

We are excited to announce that the Government is funding our new project for unpaid carers. We will be hosting informal digital coffee breaks with our community of beneficiaries. There will be an opportunity to meet other carers facing different but similar circumstances. There will be a chance to support one another with advice and […]

Family time together whilst at Kingham

For unpaid carers a night of unbroken sleep is a rare treat. Also rare is a day without a schedule of administering medication, using specialist equipment such as hoists, lifting and pushing wheelchairs, and providing nourishment, sometimes in the form of specialist feeds for tube-fed loved ones. That said, probably what is missed the most […]