LYNNE FEATHERSTONE JOINS CELEBRITIES TO BACK CARERS WEEK 2005

Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, is joining celebrities including Graham Norton, David Jason, Esther Rantzen and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to lend her support to this years Carers Week (June 13-19).

Carers Week is an annual event that raises awareness of carerspeople who look after a sick or disabled friend, partner or relativeand issues that affect them. During this years 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.

“I know from first hand experience in my own family that it’s not easy being a carer,” says Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. “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.”

There are an estimated six million carers in Britain today, many of whom dont recognise themselves as carers and arent aware of the support and services available to them.

Carers make an invaluable contribution to our society both here in Hornsey and Wood Green and nationally and save the Treasury a staggering 57 billion every year, says Lynne Featherstone MP. Its vital that carers 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 Lynne Featherstone MP 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.