Hospice offers support to carers

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CARERS are being thrown a lifeline at a drop-in session with experts who can offer advice.

To mark National Carers Week, Lakelands Hospice in Corby is holding the event on Monday, from 10am until 3pm.

Support groups such as Northamptonshire Carers Association, Crossroads, MacMillan Welfare Rights and the county’s Centre for Independent Living will be at the drop-in session.

Paul Marlow, community fundraiser for Lakelands, said: “A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to a relative, partner, child or friend due to illness, disability, frailty, and mental health conditions or substance misuse problem.

“Being a carer can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also feel relentless and leave carers feeling isolated and exhausted.

“National Carers Week highlights the important role played by unpaid friends and family members in caring for the elderly and the infirm and those with debilitating illness.

“Without people prepared to carry-out this tough and often thankless task, the costs of long-term care would fall on the National Health Service, where resources are already under strain.”

There are more than six million carers from all walks of life, from stay-at-home parents, celebrities, and even footballers. What they all have in common is their incredible hard work and dedication, many of them sacrificing all of their time to care for somebody in need.

Anyone who is a carer is welcome to go along to the hospice to find out what support is available.