MP Supports carers in Carshalton and Wallington

May 16, 2013 6:31 PM

Local MP, Tom Brake has joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham, to recognise the contribution that carers in Carshalton and Wallington make on a daily basis.

To celebrate the launch of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week 2013, Tom has pledged his support to carers across Carshalton and Wallington.

Tom said:

"Every day across Carshalton and Wallington 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. These hidden heroes give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life-changing sacrifices to care for someone."

"Carers are at the heart of social care system. That's why I believe as a society we must be Prepared to Care for our carers."

10-16 June 2013 is the National Carers Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people's lives.

In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is Prepared to Care? The campaign will highlight how the UK's current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

As part of Carers Week, a number of events will be held in and around Sutton, to help carers access support and advice. Carers can find out what's going on at http://www.carers.org/local-service/sutton/national-carers-week-2013

Actress and former carer, Lynda Bellingham, said:

"My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer's and so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone's life. That's why I'm supporting Carers Week because I believe it's vital that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them."

"It's fantastic to see MPs pledge their support for Carers Week and carers in the UK. Events like this ensure that carers stay at the top of the political agenda and it's also an opportunity to remind MPs and decision makers of the overwhelming contribution that carers make."

Tom Brake with actress and former carer Lynda Bellingham

Tom Brake with actress and former carer Lynda Bellingham.

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