James Brokenshire joined actress Lynda Bellingham to recognise the contribution that carers in Bexley make on a daily basis. At a special launch event in Westminster James gave his backing to Carers Week which celebrates the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.
In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is “Prepared to Care?” The campaign will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.
Commenting James Brokenshire said:
“Every day across Bexley 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. This hidden group of people give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life changing sacrifices to care for someone. Carers save this country an incredible £119 billion every year. That’s why I believe it is important to recognise and support the incredible work they do.”
Actress and former carer, Lynda Bellingham, said:
“My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer’s and so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone’s life. That’s why I’m supporting Carers Week because I believe it’s vital that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them.”
Carers Week is 10-16 June. For more details see www.carersweek.org.