Today in Parliament charities, MP’s and carers came together to launch the start of Carers Week 2015 to pay tribute to the millions of remarkably hard working unpaid carers in the UK who for too long have gone under the radar.
One in every eight of my constituents is currently a carer and anyone who has cared for a loved one, friend or neighbour will be able to profoundly sympathise with the problems carers face on a daily basis emotionally and financially. Becoming a carer means your life can change overnight and having the time to look after your own wellbeing can completely disappear.
Shockingly, many carers remain unable to get the help and financial support they need in order to help others. This includes the 116,000 carers in England that are aged over 85.
Carers Week this year is focusing on creating carer friendly communities and there are a number of things we can all do to help, you can find out more by visiting: http://www.carersweek.org/