A message from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams
"Those caring for ill, frail if disabled friends or family members make and immensely positive contribution to our families, communities and society. Yet we must guarantee that carers are supported in ways that tackle the risk of isolation and exhaustion that arise because of the immense pressure of the work they do. The work Carers UK does is tremendously important in raising awareness of carers’ hard work and sacrifice and ensuring that carers are supported through often hard circumstances."
“My own experiences, helping to care for both of my parents, have showed me just how important it is to support carers and raise awareness of the incredible work they do. Carers UK’s work is vital - campaigning for a better deal for carers, so that they no longer face the terrible penalties of ill-health, poverty, isolation and discrimination as a result of caring for friends or family.”
“Carers are extraordinary people. When my mother was suffering from cancer my sister became her carer as she lived in Liverpool and I was living in London. She was caring for our mum day in and day out by herself. As the months went by she became isolated and totally exhausted. It was impossible to have any time for herself or to spend time with her friends. I know that, just like my sister, many other carers see their own health suffer as a result of the stresses of caring, we need to make sure carers take time to care for themselves."
“I’m supporting Carers UK as it is an effective charity that works tirelessly to get a better deal for carers on very limited resources. I also think that carers do a great job looking after relatives, friends and neighbours which can leave them with poor health and poor finances - society owes them a huge debt”