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December 17, 2003 11:52 AM

A patient and carer support group, based in Maryhill, has been awarded a coveted grant from NHS Greater Glasgow's Patient Advocacy Fund.

CAST (Carers All Stand Together), which serves North West Glasgow, received a welcome £1,750 cash boost for its Playing With Paint classes.

Led by amateur artist Kate Barclay, the classes allow people who care full-time for terminally ill or handicapped relatives, to experiment with art and reap the therapeutic benefits.

Playing With Paint organiser and CAST member, Jean Byrne, said: "We're so lucky to have received this grant and it's much appreciated.

"The money will fund an art therapy weekend to let the carers who take part get away from everything and take some time to relax and recharge their batteries.

"Caring for someone close to you is more than a full-time job – it's a way of life.

"You don't have time for yourself at all, so the Playing With Paint classes are something we look forward to all week. They're a real form of escapism, as social workers can look after our dependents while we enjoy the class."

And, thanks to the Patient Advocacy Fund grant, the planned weekend in Pitlochry will allow several carers the longest and most fulfilling break they've had in years.

Ann Hamilton, Chairperson of Cast, said simply: "I am in awe of these carers who dedicate their lives and souls to the people who need them.

"The creative weekend away will be a well-deserved breath of fresh air for them. It will be both enjoyable and relaxing – just what these people need."

So who is eligible for future Patient Advocacy Fund grants?

Jim Hamilton, Assistant Director of Finance with NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "In short, this fund is a means of assisting worthwhile organisations that offer patient and carer support in the community.

 "We're delighted to present cheques to groups that work tirelessly to provide real lifelines to the people out there who need them.

"CAST is a perfect example of this, so those involved really deserve the funding. We hope the carers enjoy their arty therapeutic break."

Information on applying for Patient Advocacy grants is available by calling Jim Whyteside on 0141 201 4445 or emailing: [email protected].


For media information, contact:

Caroline Jarvie tel: 0141 201 4447

email:[email protected]





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