TV star teams up with MP to support carers.

May 26, 2009 12:27 PM
Jonathan Dimbleby and David Howarth

Jonathan Dimbleby and David Howarth promoting the role of carers.

TV and radio star, Jonathan Dimbleby has teamed up with MP David Howarth to celebrate the contribution made by Cambridge carers.

Mr Howarth joined the presenter at the House of Commons to support Carers' Week which runs from June 8 to 14.

This year, the theme for Carers Week is 'Carers… the UK's secret service' and calls for carers to receive greater recognition for their work.

Mr Howarth said: "There are thousands of people in Cambridge 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, firstly to express my gratitude and respect for our carers, but also to make them aware that there are services and support out there 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."

Jonathan Dimbleby, who has personal experience of being a carer, said: "Those of us who have been in the carer role, even for a short time, know how testing and draining it can be. That is why Britain's 'secret service' must not be forgotten, ignored or exploited."

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