Cambridgeshire Lib Dems back Carers' Week

June 9, 2008 12:00 AM
Carers' Week

Carers' Week

Liberal Democrats in Cambridgeshire have given their backing to Carers' Week to show support for the thousands of local residents who carer for dependent relatives and friends.

Carers Week promotes the unpaid work done by the six million people in the UK who support and care for others. It started on 9th June and runs until 15th June.

Lib Dem Health Spokesman, Cllr Geoff Heathcock commented:

"I decided to back Carers' Week as I have seen how hard many people work to support relatives and friends with illnesses or conditions which make them dependent on others.

"One in six people cares in some way for another person. That is a huge army of people who by their efforts help others to live as normal a life as possible at home, rather than being dependent on health services and other groups for support.

"Many carers work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and too often, the contribution they make is not recognised by society generally. By supporting Carers' Week, I hope to highlight the work carers do and hopefully raise awareness amongst the general public of their importance.

"We owe carers an enormous amount and I am clear that we have much more to do yet in supporting our army of carers in Cambridgeshire."

Cambridge MP David Howarth added:

"There are six million carers in the UK, including many in Cambridge and I'm pleased to be able to offer my support to them. It's a nationwide issue that affects so many people at a local level and it's vital we can get the message out to our wonderful carers that help and support is available.

"I hope that by drawing attention to Carers Week, many more of my constituents who spend their lives looking after others will realise they are not alone and that there are people who want to care about them, too."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

1) Carers Week is a partnership of 10 UK-wide charities: Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Help the Hospices, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Neurological Alliance, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and WRVS.

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