To celebrate the launch of Carers Week, Bexleyheath and Crayford MP has joined forces with the actress Lynda Bellingham to recognise the contribution that carers in his constituency make on a daily basis.
At a photocall in Westminster, Mr Evennett pledged his support to carers across Bexleyheath and Crayford as part of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week. The week is an opportunity to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives and takes place between 10-16 June.
In 2013, a campaign called “Prepared to Care?” will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.
Mr Evennett said “Carers do a fantastic job supporting their families and friends with their everyday needs, without the recognition they deserve. They make great sacrifices in order to ensure that others have a better quality of life, which must be commended. With the number of people requiring care increasing and the often complex conditions and significant time required, it is important to look at whether we are all Prepared to Care now and in the future.”
Lynda Bellingham, herself a former carer, said: “My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer’s and so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone’s life. That’s why I’m supporting Carers Week because I believe it’s vital that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them. It’s fantastic to see MPs pledge their support for Carers Week and carers in the UK. Events like this ensure that carers stay at the top of the political agenda and it’s also an opportunity to remind MPs and decision makers of the overwhelming contribution that carers make.”