Donation is on menu for Dalkeith carers charity

Matin Khan (right) with the VOCAL team, based at Hardengreen, Eskbank. Photo by Steven Scott Taylor
Matin Khan (right) with the VOCAL team, based at Hardengreen, Eskbank. Photo by Steven Scott Taylor

An award-winning Dalkeith restaurant has paid tribute to Midlothian’s carers with a £250 donation to the organisation which assists them.

Matin Khan, director of Itihaas, the Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant on Eskbank Road, presented the cheque to members of the Voice Of Carers Across Lothian team.

VOCAL works with unpaid carers to support their own needs and helps them access services they require. It also supports families and friends affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol misuse.

Jan Barnett, VOCAL service manager, said: “We are in contact with over 1,500 carers in Midlothian, providing individual support, training, counselling, benefits, legal surgeries and opportunities for peer support. This donation will make a big difference locally and help support these vital services.”

Mr Khan quoted a recent report which found that almost 7 million people who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously ill or older loved one in the UK were saving the state £132 billion a year .

“Carers are among our greatest unsung heroes and heroines, and deserve far more recognition,” he said.

“In Midlothian most carers are elderly and look after elderly relatives but many are teenagers and young adults who may sacrifice their own education and social lives to help others.”