This week sees a number of charities unite in highlighting the important job done by six million carers across the UK and to demonstrate how little recognition and reward they receive.
Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, has expressed his support for the campaign saying, “There are thousands of people in my Lichfield constituency who sacrifice their time – and often their health, finances, work and social life – in order to care for a loved one. They deserve to be recognised for the priceless contribution they make, both to our local community and to society at large.
“I am taking part in Carers Week to express my gratitude and respect for our carers, and also to make them aware that there are services and support available to help them. Caring can be demanding and difficult, so it’s important that carers know that they don’t have to struggle on alone.”
Mr Fabricant highlighted some of the findings of a recent poll conducted by Carers Week;
“New research reveals that almost three-quarters (74%) of carers have reached breaking point due to the pressures of their role. The results show that the strain of caring is causing some carers such extreme levels of stress and depression that they are suffering breakdowns and, in some cases, even attempting suicide.
“The Carers Week survey has also highlighted that that the vast majority of carers feel their role is overlooked or ignored by professionals (87%), friends (78%) and family members (76%). Almost two-thirds (63%) say that their lives are made ‘much more difficult’ as a result, with more than half saying that it has affected their health and left them worse off financially.”
The campaign has also been backed by World Cup hero, Sir Geoff Hurst, who has cared for his wife.
“Those who care for family and friends mostly do so under the radar, without pay or acknowledgement, and deserve to be recognised for their dedication to the people they care for, not just during Carers Week but for all the weeks of the year.
“Carers face physical and mental challenges every day and should be more visibly supported and appreciated for the generous and loving hard work that they do.”
To find out more about Carers Week, including local events and activities, see the Carers Week web site.