LUFF URGES GREATER RECOGNITION FOR CARERS
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Local MP, Peter Luff is working with with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week which runs from 13-19 June. The week recognises the contribution made by people in Mid Worcestershire 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.

Peter and Angela have joined together to pay tribute to carers, and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles. Peter Luff said:

“Thousands of people in Mid Worcestershire sacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one. What is not always recognised is the extraordinary variety of carers; the assumption is often that they are largely daughters who have sacrificed careers and personal lives to care for ageing parents, but this just isn’t a fair representation of the diversity of those who care. For example, I’ve been privileged to meet many of the very young carers locally who do amazing things to keep their families going.

“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.”

Angela Rippon has personal experience of being a carer. She says,

"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 this campaign 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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