ROSIE Cooper MP is joining a host of celebrities to sing the praises of West Lancashire’s carers.
The West Lancashire Labour MP is supporting Carers’ Week, which runs from June 9-15, together with the likes of Paul O’Grady, Tony Robinson, Dr Miriam Stoppard and Darling Buds of May actress Pam Ferris, who played Ma Larkin.
The message of this year’s campaign is “Carers can’t afford to be ill”.
It comes after a national survey of 2,000 carers revealed that a majority feel their health is worse as a result of the strain of caring.
Locally, Rosie will be doing all she can to support carers, including attending a fundraising event for the West Lancs Carers’ Centre to be held on Friday, June 13, at the Stanley Club in Burscough.
Rosie said: “I am delighted to be supporting Carers Week, which is now in its 14th year. I feel that carers are the real unsung heroes in our community and it is right that we recognise the valuable contribution they make.
“I want to take the message of Carers’ Week to as wide an audience as possible, and to get it across that support, advice and practical help is available for those who may be feeling isolated, exhausted or ill because of what is effectively a 24 hours a day, seven days a week job.
“It is a fact that many carers don’t really see themselves as a carer. They are usually husbands, wives, brothers, sisters or even friends of the person they are caring for. Nevertheless, they are people as well who also need looking after from time to time and that is the message of Carers Week this year.”
To find out more information on support for carers, log onto www.carersweek.org/carers.asp