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MP backs campaign offering support to carers
9:10am Saturday 19th May 2012 in Local news
An MP has joined forces with a television presenter to recognise the contribution made by those who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
Keighley MP Kris Hopkins has given his backing to Carers Week, from June 18 to 24, and called for more support for carers.
The theme is “In Sickness and in Health”, recognising the strain families are under as they see services cut back. “A great many people in Keighley and Ilkley sacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one,” Mr Hopkins said.
“It is vital that carers are offered regular breaks from caring and health checks so that they can be supported.
“I am supporting 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.”
Mr Hopkins was joined by TV presenter Fiona Phillips at the House of Commons.
She said: “From personal experience, I know caring can demand a lot of your time and attention, which in some cases can put pressure on other areas in your life such as financial responsibilities and relationships. These problems can prove to be exhausting and mentally gruelling and can really take its toll on your health and wellbeing. “I hope that Carers Week can again help to achieve change and make a real difference to the lives of carers in this country.” For more information, visit carersweek.org.