Supporters’ generosity has impact

Unpaid carers face daily challenges and perpetual uncertainty about the future. This takes resilience in abundance. After Umbrage, the charity that cares for those who care, recognises this, and everything we do is channeled towards giving unpaid carers a free break. It’s so that they can rest, and restore their energy. A break results in […]

Top Tips to Book a Break

Beneficiaries of After Umbrage are carers of loved ones living with life-limiting conditions. For them, life contains perpetual rounds of hospital visits, form filling in, and sleepless nights. They worry about what the next day will unfold. They are constantly on the go, feeling unwell themselves but have no time for self-care. Furthermore, often they […]

It’s our Birthday!

It’s our Birthday! We are 7 years old today. Happy and proud with much to reflect on and loads to look forward to. Reaching 7 years is a great milestone for any charity, business or organisation. It feels like a milestone of success. We think that’s down to our very simple mantra – to care […]

Thrilled to stay at Kingham Cottage

Suzy Piazza and her family are one of 190 carer families who have visited Kingham Cottage. She was thrilled to stay at Kingham Cottage and has kindly written this blog post for us. She captures her thoughts to share with other carer families who are coming to stay. In so doing, she also sheds light […]

Lifeline for families caring for seriously ill children

The impact of COVID-19 is pushing families caring for a seriously ill child to breaking point. It is a frightening and lonely time for carers. If you need help or advice, or just someone to talk to, our partner charity, Together for Short Lives has a helpline and their family support hub is available to you. They […]

Shine a Spotlight on Brainstrust

Brainstrust is a UK wide brain tumour charity and a community, which helps thousands of people who are affected by a brain tumour diagnosis. They have been part of our growing referral network since 2016 and continue to refer their beneficiaries to us for a free break at Kingham Cottage. Thus, we’d like to shine […]

Five top features of Kingham Cottage

After Umbrage beneficiaries are an inspiring group of people. They are great at providing feedback and sharing top tips for things to do near Kingham Cottage. We want to capture these – for future visitors – paying and carers alike. Furthermore, it’s our way of showing beneficiaries how much we value the time they take […]

Staying connected with hospices

Charmain Felts has long been an ambassador for After Umbrage. She works for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire in their Family Support Team. Charmain and her team do amazing work for families whose loved ones have very complex health needs. She acts as a conduit between her beneficiaries that become ours. Staying connected […]

Kingham Cottage is a bereavement resource for carers

Bereavement is hard to talk about. Losing someone who is close to you can be devastating. And if you have been caring for that loved on, even more so. Because we understand this, we want to remind our community that Kingham Cottage is available to carers during their first year of bereavement. We are a […]

It’s Children’s Hospice Week

This is a special week of the year that we down tools and shine a light on Children’s Hospices. It’s time to celebrate the amazing work they do for tired Mums and Dads. The work they do for brothers and sisters who are feeling angry, lonely, or confused. And, for the whole family during the […]