Kerry McCarthy MP has once again pledged her support for carers across Bristol to mark Carers Week. Joining forces with actress Lynda Bellingham in Parliament, Kerry wants to raise awareness of the contribution carers make on a daily basis. This year, Kerry is helping Carers UK promote their new campaign ‘Prepared to Care’ that aims to highlight how the carers in Bristol and the UK are coping and how effectively the Government is supporting carers with their caring responsibilities.
Carers Week runs between 10-16 June 2013and is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.
Backing Carers Week, Kerry said:
“Every day across Bristol 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. Carers throughout the country save the Government £119 million of pounds in care costs every year, as they give up their time and make life changing scrificies to care for someone. It is therefore important we do all we can to recongise the contribution Carers are making in our community and that we do all we can to make sure they are receiving the support they need and deserve. That is why I am raising awareness of Carers Week. We must be Prepared to Care for carers. To find out more about Carers Week and the Prepared to Care campaign, please visit www.carersweek.org
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.
“It’s fantastic to see MPs pledge their support for Carers Week and carers in the UK. Events like this ensure that carers stay at the top of the political agenda and it’s also an opportunity to remind MPs and decision makers of the overwhelming contribution that carers make.”
Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager, commented:
“It’s fantastic to see MPs taking a stand for carers. Carers form the backbone of our society and that’s why Carers Week is so incredibly important to not only recognise their contribution, but ensure they get the help and support they need.
Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care.