TADCASTER MP Nigel Adams has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week and recognise the contribution made by local people who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
The theme for Carers Week 2011 was ‘The True Face of Carers’. and called for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who have caring responsibilities.
Mr Adams met up with Angela at the House of Commons to pay tribute to carers, and to urge that they receive more support in their roles.
“The work carers carry out is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities” he said.
“I know that thousands of people in our area sacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one.
“Together they save this country an astonishing £119 billion. They deserve to be recognised for their contribution to both our local community and to wider society.
“I took 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.
Other celebrities supporting carers and Carers Week included Dame Judi Dench, Sir David Jason OBE, Jack Charlton OBE and Martin Lewis.
Carers Week is organised by a partnership of nine 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.