Sir George Young is joining celebrities including Cilla Black, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Sheila Hancock to give his support to this year’s Carers Week (June 14-20).
Carers Week is an annual event that supports the UK’s six million carers – people who look after a sick or disabled friend, partner or relative. Many carers are not aware of the services available to them, and the thousands of events taking place help to highlight the support that exists.
"Having helped to care for my husband Bobby - who sadly died of cancer in 1999 - I am very aware of how difficult, yet rewarding, looking after someone can be,” says Cilla Black.
"Up and down the country there are people caring for a partner, relative or friend, yet unaware of the support and services available to them. Carers deserve our utmost respect and admiration, and I'm delighted to support Carers Week 2004."
The theme for Carers Week 2004 is health; two-thirds of carers who provide care for more than 50 hours per week say their health has been affected by caring.
Sir George said that he applauded the work of carers in North West Hants, and would like to hear from any who felt they may not be getting all the help they were entitled to.
“Carers make an invaluable contribution to our community and deserve the support of us all. None of us know when we may need looking after ourselves as a result of illness or injury. It can happen to anyone.
Paul Matz, Carers Week Manager, says: ”We are very grateful to Sir George for supporting the tenth annual Carers Week. If it helps even one individual to access vital support, it will have been worthwhile.”
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Notes for Editors:
• 2004 is the tenth annual Carers Week, jointly organised by four national charities – Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for Carers, The MS Society and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
• For further details of Carers Week events, and other information about carers and Carers Week, visit www.carersweek.org