Sir George formally launched Carers' Rights Day at the Guildhall in Andover, and welcomed a large number of stallholders at the event. The event was run by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, which is a charity which promotes the wellbeing of carers who support members of their family. "Carers Rights Day focuses on the need to give help and support to carers. Many find themselves facing debt, financial hardship, stress and poor health. For this reason we need to make sure they get all the advice, information and support which they need."
Sir George said that 1.1 billion of carers allowance went unclaimed every year by over 360,000 carers, and we all need to do more to make sure that carers know about the financial help that may be available. Sir George said there were 9,600 carers in his constituency, and the number would increase over the next few years. "Every year, millions of people take on new caring responsibilities and we need to make sure that they are aware of their rights and entitlements." With Sir George at the event was the Chief Executive of the Princess Royal Trust, Kerry Hearsey, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllrs Jan Lovell and Iris Andersen. Stallholders came from Simply Health, the Community Independence Team, Neighbourcare, Aster Living, and charities representing those who suffer from Dementia and from Parkinsons.