MP teams up with celebrity GP to mark Carers Week

June 16, 2010 2:29 PM
Huppert and This Morning GP Chris Steele

Julian Huppert joins Dr Chris Steele to mark Carers Week.

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has teamed up with, Dr Chris Steele, the celebrity GP from ITV's This Morning to celebrate the contribution made by the city's carers.

Julian is supporting Carers Week, which runs until June 20 with the theme "A Life of My Own".

He met up with Dr Steele at the House of Commons to recognise the work of carers across the UK who give up their time to care for the sick, frail and or disabled.

Julian said: "Carers make a priceless contribution to our local community. We must do everything in our power to make sure they have the support and access to services they need.

"For thousands of carers in Cambridge, it is rare for them to get even a few hours to themselves. They give up their time for free and it is vital they receive help and recognition."

Dr Steele, who has long been a champion for the health and wellbeing of the country's millions of carers, said: "As a GP, I have met many carers who have never received any help or respite.

"I know how carers' own health and well-being has suffered as a consequence and just how isolated they can feel. Who is caring for the carers? Change is needed at grassroots level and Carers Week is vital in raising awareness and promoting carers' issues."

Other celebrities supporting Carers Week, all of whom have had experience of caring, include: Lynda Bellingham, Cilla Black, Jonathan Dimbleby, Gloria Hunniford, Sir David Jason, Claire King, Phyllida Law, Miriam Margolyes, Esther Rantzen, Angela Rippon and Tony Robinson.

Carers Week is organised by a partnership of seven national charities: Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Care, Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson's UK and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

For information about Carers Week, including local events and activities, and where carers can find information and assistance, visit www.carersweek.org or call 0845 241 2582.

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