Last Tuesday, I met up with ITV’s This Morning 's celebrity GP, Dr Chris Steele MBE, to support this year’s Carers Week, which runs from 14th to 20th June, and today I attended a Carer's Pamper Day organised by Croydon Council.
Carers Week celebrates the contribution made by people who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled and, in doing so, make sacrifices in their own lives. It is organised by a partnership of 7 national charities - Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Care, Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
The theme of this year's Carers Week is ‘A Life of My Own’. For many carers, a trip to the cinema or even a full night’s sleep is a luxury. I know from my own family what's involved. It's right that we celebrate the contribution carers make to our society and think afresh about how we can support them and give them a break every now and then.