Jun 4 2003
An Army of volunteers who regularly work around the clock are being invited to give themselves a break to join in the events planned for Carers Week.
The Princess Royal Trust Cheshire Cares Centre, based in Northwich, has organised free events next week to brighten up life for carers from Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich and to offer them advice.
The activities range from an information morning to an art and craft extravaganza and wine-tasting.
Perhaps most importantly, the week will focus attention on those people who unstintingly give up their time to make life more bearable for others.
There are currently 72,000 carers in Cheshire, voluntarily looking after neighbours, friends or relatives. The work is often physically exhausting and emotionally demanding.
A carer may, for example, help an elderly relative with Alzheimer's, a partner with multiple sclerosis or a child born with cerebral palsy.
More than 20% of carers are on duty 50 hours a week or more, and it is estimated carers save the Government £57 billion a year.
Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay, who plays Shelley, is among those backing Carer's Week.
She said: 'Having helped to care for my grandmother who died of Alzheimer's in 1992, I know the difficulties and strain that carers can face. Many carers suffer from financial, emotional and physical problems and are not aware of their rights and entitlements or the support services.
'Their individual stories are heart breaking yet awe-inspiring. As their dedication and commitment goes unnoticed, Carers Week is seven celebratory days when we pay tribute to each of the UK's seven million carers.'
Last year the Cheshire Carers Centre coped with a record number of inquiries, reflecting increasing levels of complexity and rules faced by carers.
Staff at the Northwich centre have laid on an advice morning on Tuesday, a gardening and art and craft extravaganza next Wednesday, a cheese and wine tasting next Thursday, and a coffee morning next Saturday.
David Harvey, chief executive of Cheshire Carers Centre, said: 'A warm welcome awaits anyone visiting our centre in Northwich.
'It is easy to find, next to Sainsbury's car park near Matalan. Please
can anyone wishing to attend call our helpline, 0800 0850307.'
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