MP and Lynda Bellingham show support to carers in Rugby

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Rugby MP Mark Pawsey has joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham to recognise the contribution that carers make.

Mr Pawsey pledged his support to carers across Rugby as part of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week.

The week, which will run from June 10 to 16, is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.

Mr Pawsey said: “Every day across Rugby 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. This hidden group of people give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life changing sacrifices to care for someone.

“Carers save this country an incredible £119 billion every year. That’s why I believe as a society we must be ‘Prepared to Care’ for our carers.”

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Actress and former carer, Lynda Bellingham, said: “My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer’s and so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone’s life.

“It’s fantastic to see MPs pledge their support for Carers Week and carers in the UK. Events like this ensure that carers stay at the top of the political agenda and it’s also an opportunity to remind MPs and decision makers of the overwhelming contribution that carers make.”

As part of Carers Week, a number of events will be held in and around Rugby, to help carers access support and advice.

Carers can find out what’s going on at www.carersweek.org.