Hoping to build carer friendly communities in East Sussex

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Care for the Carers is working to building carer-friendly communities during Carers Week this month.

Roger Strange-Burlong provides round-the-clock care for his wife, and is one of 60,000 unpaid carers in East Sussex.

He said, “Carers get a tough ride. I want people to understand this.

“Maybe through understanding, carers can get the recognition they deserve.”

Carers Week runs from June 8 to 14. It is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring and recognise the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. Care for the Carers is the local carers’ centre for East Sussex and, in line with the national theme, this year the focus is on building carer-friendly communities.

In Eastbourne alone, there are over 10,500 unpaid carers, nearly a third of whom are providing more than 50 hours of care per week.

Nationally, unpaid carers are saving the public £119 billion per year in care costs – more than the entire annual spend on the NHS.

Jennifer Twist, chief executive officer at Care for the Carers, said, “Carers deserve recognition for the fantastic work they do supporting loved ones. I pledge to support Care for the Carers’ team of volunteers and staff to raise awareness and recognition of caring in East Sussex this Carers Week.”

Visit www.cftc.org.uk/carersweek to find out more,

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