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Patricia Rolston

Patricia has been caring for her daughter for 38 years. She thinks it's time the Government stopped ignoring carers and started helping them like they promised.

Who do you care for and how long have you been caring?

I have been caring for my daughter Lyndsey for the last 38 years.

Why do they need care?

She has severe learning disabilities and epileptic seizures every day due to brain damage caused at five months old when the doctor treated her for the wrong illness.

Describe your caring experience in 3 words...

Exhausting, lifelong, lonely.

How has your life changed since you became a carer?

I have no life. I have no money to speak of. I have become ill and disabled myself. I have hardly any sleep but I spend any free time I do have campaigning for carers to be treated better.

What's the most important thing caring has taught you?

That I am stronger than I thought. And how to be more compassionate towards others and how to fight for what's right.

What advice would you give to other carers?

To ask for help and accept it when it's offered. And if you feel desperate, tell someone.

What do you want to see changed for carers?

I want carers to be taken out of poverty. Before carers go into meltdown I want the Government to help like they promised, and to stop cutting the services of our loved ones, which in turn makes our lives even worse. I want to stop being ignored by the Government.

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