Local charity Crossroads Lewis has received a £25,000 boost for its work in helping
carers by giving them a break from their responsibilities.
Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust pledged to give the body £5000
annually for five years.
The organisation currently employs 24 care staff and provides 226 hours of care each
week across the community, helping 37 households.
Malcolm Smith, chair of Crossroads Lewis, said its respite service helped prevent
“Supporting carers is obviously a good thing to do because some carers come under
long-term stress but it’s also a very cost-effective thing to do because an absence
of support for carers is one of the triggers for avoidable hospital admission,” he
“Absence of support for carers is one of the reasons for people being delayed in
hospital after their medical needs have been met and that’s really important because
being in a hospital environment unnecessarily is one of the most dangerous things
you can do.”
Point and Sandwick board member Liz Chaplain said: “The very valuable support that
Crossroads provides for carers enables many people to continue to live where they
“The work of Crossroads makes a real difference to the lives of many people; it adds
to the fabric of our society and increases the sustainability of our community.”
Liz Chaplain hands the cheque to Malcolm Smith, joined by Donna Macleod and Rhoda
Macdonald from Crossroads Lewis