Michael Fabricant will be joining celebrities including David Jason, Esther Rantzen, Graham Norton, and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to
give his support to this year’s Carers Week (June 13-19).
Michael says "Carers Week is an annual event that raises awareness of carers – people who look after a sick or disabled friend,
partner or relative – and issues that affect them. During this year’s event thousands of events will be taking place up and down the
country to give carers a break and highlight the support available to them. In Lichfield, Burntwood and the rest of the
constituency, thousands give up their time and energy to care for someone less fortunate than themselves. We must never take that
for granted. Many of us will become carers at some stage in our lives."
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen says "I know from first hand experience in my own family that it’s not easy being a carer. "It can be
physically, emotionally and financially draining which is why it’s so vital that carers get the support they need to take a break
from it and spend time doing their own thing – whether it’s relaxing, working or pursuing hobbies."
Michael Fabricant adds: "There are an estimated six million carers in Britain today, many of whom don’t recognise themselves as
carers and aren’t aware of the support and services available to them. Carers make an invaluable contribution to society and save
the Exchequer an incredible £57 billion every year. It’s vital that they receive the support they need to continue caring while
leading fulfilling lives of their own. There is help and support available for carers so I would urge anyone in this constituency
who looks after a friend, relative or partner to contact their local carers group as soon as possible."
Paul Matz, Carers Week Manager, says: "We’re delighted that Michael is supporting Carers Week 2005. If it helps even one carer get
access to the support they need, it will have been worthwhile."
2005 is the eleventh annual Carers Week. It is jointly organised by seven UK-wide charities; Carers UK, Crossroads Caring for
Carers, Help the Aged, Macmillan Cancer Relief, MS Society, Rethink and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.