Carers need the support that this week offers them

PUBLISHED: 15:56 08 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:51 28 May 2010

I AM a carer, looking after my disabled husband. There are thousands of people locally, and more than six million people like me in the UK, who care for a loved one. Taking on the role of a carer can be hugely rewarding, but can also be demanding, stressf

I AM a carer, looking after my disabled husband. There are thousands of people locally, and more than six million people like me in the UK, who care for a loved one.

Taking on the role of a carer can be hugely rewarding, but can also be demanding, stressful and isolating - especially when caring 24/7, as many of us do.

The seven national charities who organise Carers Week June 11-17 all offer support and advice, and there are various services available, both nationally and locally, to help ease the burden of caring.

Most of all I want to stress to fellow carers that they are not alone; there are others going through the same experiences and prepared to offer mutual support.

No matter what their situation, I urge carers in March not to let this year's Carers Week pass them by. Carers do a fantastic job, which can often go unrecognised.

Please visit www.carersweek. org today and find out more about the Carers Week local and national partners, and the help that's available to help change the lives of carers for the better.

VERA M COX

South Drive

March


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