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Minister supports Scottish walk to raise awareness of carers

by Fiona Collie 20 February 2015

Heléna Herklots Carers UK’s Chief Executive will today (Tuesday 24 February 2014) be joined by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement & Mental Health to climb Calton Hill in support of the 50 hill challenge.

2015 is Carers UK’s 50th Anniversary year and, as part of this, Heléna will climb 50 hills across the UK to raise awareness of carers and to help raise funds for the charity’s work in providing support and expert advice and information. This will be the first walk that carers will be taking part in and the first time a government Minister with responsibility for carers has joined in.

Helena said “I am climbing 50 hills, once for each of our 50 years. The hills will vary in size –some will be small and fairly easy to overcome, others will be tougher and a big test of strength and determination. Much like caring.

“I am delighted that the Minister has joined us today to support our campaign and help raise awareness of the many challenges that carers face.”

Heléna and the Minster will be joined by members of Carers Scotland’s Advisory committee, all current or former carers. The walk with start from the reception of the King James Thistle Hotel, 107 Leith Street at 12.30pm and there will be a photo opportunity at the top of Calton Hill between 12.45 and 1.15pm. Carers UK Adviceline 0808 808 7777

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More information about the history of Carers UK, the carers’ movement and the changes that have been made in the last 50 years to support carers can be found by clicking here

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Carers Scotland is the Scottish nation office of Carers UK, 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

Facts about carers:

  • There are 657,000 carers in Scotland which is set to rise to 1 million by 2037.
  • Across the UK there are 6.5 million people caring for a loved one who is older, seriously ill or disabled. This number is set to rise to 9 million by 2037.
  • Full-time carers are twice as likely to be in bad health as non-carers.
  • An estimated 2.3 million people have given up work at some point to care for older or disabled loved ones, and 3 million have cut working hours.
  • Over 132,000 people in Scotland (1.4 million in UK) care for over 50 hours a week.
  • Carers save the Scottish economy over £10 billion per year (£119 billion per year across UK) with the unpaid care they provide, an average of £18,473 per carer. 
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