I am delighted to offer my support for the annual Carers’ Rights Day on 2 December 2005. I will be taking the opportunity to visit the Carers UK stand in Asda supermarket in Skelmersdale on the day.
There are some 8,000 carers in West Lancashire alone who take on this essential role. By them caring for relatives and friends carers reduce the heavy burden on the NHS and Social Services that would be even greater without them. We should therefore recognise the important and vital service they provide not just for the individuals they care for but for society as a whole.
For many carers the amount of time they give makes it more like a full time job. Unfortunately they do not get paid like you would for a job but there are benefits to which they are entitled. Carers UK provide much needed support for carers offering help and advice without them carers would be all alone with nobody to turn to. We all need someone to help or just to listen.