Local MP calls for greater recognition for the UK’s six million carers

Local MP, James Brokenshire given his support to this year’s Carers Week (13-19 June) and recognise the contribution made by those people in Old Bexley and Sidcup and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. Carers week 2011 highlights the vital work carried out by those who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled and ensures that all carers know that they are not alone, and that help and service are available.

The theme for Carers Week 2011 is ‘The True Face of Carers’. It calls for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who have caring responsibilities. The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities.

Commenting, James said:  “Countless of people in Old Bexley and Sidcup sacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one. Together they save this country an incredible £119 billion every year. They deserve to be recognised for their contribution to both our local community and to wider society.

“I am taking part in Carers Week to show my respect and appreciation for our carers. I also want to let them know that there are services out there to help them. Caring can be so incredibly demanding. It’s important that carers know that they don’t have to struggle on alone.”

Celebrities supporting this campaign include Angela Rippon, Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Jason OBE, Jack Charlton OBE and Martin Lewis.

Carers Week is organised by a partnership of 9 national charities: Age UK, Carers UK, Counsel & Care, Crossroads Care, Dementia UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK, and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

For more information about local events and activities taking place as part of Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.org