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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd supports carers in Eastbourne and Willingdon

May 21, 2013 3:45 PM

To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10-16 June 2013, local MP, Stephen Lloyd has joined forces with actress Lynda Bellingham, to recognise the contribution that local carers in make on a daily basis.

In a photocall in Westminster, Stephen Lloyd, pledged his support to carers across Eastbourne and Willingdon as part of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week. The week 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.

In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is Prepared to Care? The campaign will highlight how the UK's current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.

Local MP, Stephen Lloyd, said: "Every day across Eastbourne 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.

"I am a supporter of the local Carers' Alliance who do fantastic work in Eastbourne and Willingdon."

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. That's why I'm supporting Carers Week because I believe it's vital that help is made available that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them.