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Caring for the carers

UNSUNG heroes who care for others have been recognised by a borough charity.

UNSUNG heroes who care for others have been recognised by a borough charity.

Solihull Carers’ Centre organised a series of trips for Silhillians, who help to look after someone else.

The days-out were part of Carers Week, which also raises awareness about the sacrifices these people make.

Statistics show that there are at least 21,000 carers in Solihull alone – the actual number could be much higher.

Linda Carpenter, from the centre, said: “There are many people who won’t recognise that they care for someone.

“In actual fact they’re doing so much that they end up at breaking point themselves, and that’s when you can get a crisis.

“It’s only when the carer has a problem, like a major health issue, that the cost of what they do becomes clear.”

One of the aims of the week was to raise awareness about the sheer number and range of people who are carers.

Recently a scheme has been rolled-out to help young adult carers, who can be overlooked by the authorities.

* To contact Solihull Carers’ Centre, call 0121 788 1143 or visit www.solihullcarers.org

 

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