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Tiggy and Johnnie Walker become Carers UK patrons

14 August 2014

Radio legend speaks out about caring for his wife through cancer

Tiggy and Johnnie Walker story Johnnie Walker MBE and his wife Tiggy are to become Patrons of Carers UK – working with the charity to raise awareness of the nation’s 6.5 million unpaid carers.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter and his wife Tiggy, a writer and producer, have spoken out about the impact caring has had on their lives. In a moving article in the Daily Mail, published today, the couple describe how Tiggy’s recent breast cancer treatment led to Johnnie taking on a caring role he had not expected. These experiences brought back memories of Johnnie’s cancer treatment in 2003, when Tiggy cared for him during the early days of their marriage.

They will become Patrons of the charity as it enters its 50th Anniversary Year in 2015 – kicking off a new drive to reach out to carers struggling to care for a loved one who is seriously ill, older or disabled.

Tiggy Walker said:

“I am thrilled to have been asked to be joint Patron with Johnnie. It is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference. I am deeply touched that they asked me (the non-famous one who normally stands behind in the support role!) to be on the front line with Johnnie. To be able to help Carers UK means so much to me. I know how hard it is to be a carer so I feel passionate about raising awareness so more carers can benefit from their support.”

Johnnie Walker MBE said:

“It is a very great honour to have been asked to be Patron for Carers UK. The work they do is so very important and will become more so in the future. I am really looking forward to working hard for the 50th Anniversary and beyond.”

Carers UK Chief Executive, Heléna Herklots, said:

“We are delighted to have Tiggy and Johnnie’s support to help us show the UK’s carers, many of whom are struggling in silence, that they are not alone. Tiggy and Johnnie’s story highlights how caring can and will affect all of us at some point in our lives. But caring happens behind closed doors and many carers are left without the practical support they need, and often not knowing who to turn to about the stresses of caring. As Carers UK reaches our 50th birthday next year, we want anyone who is caring for a disabled child or partner, an ill friend or relative or ageing parents; to know that Carers UK is here for you.”

Carers UK’s research has shown that many carers struggle with the emotional and physical pressures of caring, the costs of giving up work to care and can end up isolated by caring round the clock without the support they need. The charity is using its 50th anniversary in 2015 to reach out to more carers with support and advice:

  • Carers UK’s free Adviceline and online forum offer help on coping and accessing vital financial and practical support.
  • The charity’s network of volunteers help break the isolation and despair some carers feel by providing a listening ear from other carers who know how hard caring can be.


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Notes to Editors:

Carers UK is a charity led by carers, for carers - our mission is to make life better for carers.

  • We give expert advice, information and support 
  • We connect carers so no-one has to care alone
  • We campaign together for lasting change
  • We innovate to find new ways to reach and support carers
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