Carers campaign gets underway

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MARK Menzies MP has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week.

The event runs from June 13th to June 19th and aims to recognise the contribution made by those people in Fylde and throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

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.

Mr Menzies met up with Angela at the House of Commons to discuss the week and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles.

He said: “I meet with carers all the time as part of my work and they are a huge inspiration.

“Thousands of people in Fylde sacrifice not only their time but also their money in order to care for a loved one. They deserve to be recognised for their contribution to both our local community and to wider society.

 “Caring can be so incredibly demanding. It’s important that carers know that they don’t have to struggle on alone.”

Angela Rippon has personal experience of being a carer.

She said: “For a number of years now I’ve become aware of the extraordinary job that carers do throughout this country.

“I feel that it’s important that anybody who has any knowledge at all stands up and be counted for them and make the job that they do public, because they should not be invisible, they should be out there and being seen as the heroes and heroines that they are.

“It’s a strain that people accept willingly and lovingly, and if they’re prepared to do that, I think that as a civilised nation we should be prepared to do something in return.”

Other celebrities supporting carers and Carers Week include 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.

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