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Tom Brake MP joins celebrities to back Carers Week 2005

May 24, 2005 11:44 AM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake is joining celebrities including Graham Norton, David Jason, Esther Rantzen and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to lend his support to this year's Carers Week (June 13-19).

Carers Week is an annual event that raises awareness of carers - people who look after a sick or disabled friend, partner or relative - and issues that affect them. During this year's event thousands of events will be taking place up and down the country to give carers a break and highlight the support available to them.

"I know from first hand experience in my own family that it's not easy being a carer," says Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. "It can be physically, emotionally and financially draining which is why it's so vital that carers get the support they need to take a break from it and spend time doing their own thing - whether it's relaxing, working or pursuing hobbies."

There are an estimated six million carers in Britain today, many of whom don't recognise themselves as carers and aren't aware of the support and services available to them.

"Carers make an invaluable contribution to society and save the Exchequer an incredible £57 billion every year," says Tom Brake "It's vital that they receive the support they need to continue caring while leading fulfilling lives of their own. There is help and support available for carers so I would urge anyone in Carshalton and Wallington who looks after a friend, relative or partner to contact Sutton Carers' Centre as soon as possible."

Tom Brake and Sutton and Cheam MP Paul Burstow will be meeting carers at a coffee morning on 13th June 2005 between 10am and 12noon at the Sutton Carers' Centre, Benhill Avenue, Sutton.

Paul Matz, Carers Week Manager, says: "We're delighted that Tom Brake is supporting Carers Week 2005. If it helps even one carer get access to the support they need, it will have been worthwhile."

2005 is the eleventh annual Carers Week. It is jointly organised by seven UK-wide charities; Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Help the Aged, Macmillan Cancer Relief, MS Society, Rethink and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

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Notes for Editors

For further information about local Carers Week events visit www.carersweek.org/whatshappening.asp

For information about local carers groups www.carersuk.org and www.carers.org

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