giving thanks to sheffield’s 60,000-strong army of carers

Paul blomfield and Angela Rippon
Paul blomfield and Angela Rippon

SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support Sheffield’s estimated 60,000 carers.

This year’s Carers Week runs from June 13-19 and recognise the contribution made by the six million people in the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.

Mr Blomfield, who is an ambassador for the Sheffield Carers Centre, met Angela Rippon in the House of Commons and said: “Carers UK estimate that over 60,000 people in Sheffield sacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one, an increase of 8% in the last decade.

“Together it’s estimated that UK carers save the country an astonishing £119 billion.

“They deserve our thanks, support and recognition for their contribution to the local community and wider society which is why I’m supporting Carers Week.

“I also want to let carers know that there are support and advice services out there to help them. Caring can be incredibly demanding but carers don’t have to struggle alone. Sheffield Carers Centre offers emotional support and practical help in getting services and I would encourage carers to get in touch with them.”

Angela Rippon said: “For a number of years now I’ve become aware of the extraordinary job that carers do throughout this country.

“I feel that it’s important that anybody who has any knowledge at all stands up and be counted for them and make the job that they do public, because they should not be invisible, they should be out there and being seen as the heroes and heroines that they are.”