HAMPDEN Park carer Roger Strange-Burlong represented East Sussex carers at a function at 10 Downing Street to mark Carers Week.
The week highlights the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
Roger was invited by Carers UK to represent local carers.
He said, “As carers we save the economy more than the cost of running the entire NHS. This makes us the biggest part of the health and social care system, although it doesn’t always feel like it. I was delighted to be invited to represent local carers at Number 10 – I talked to lots of people including several MPs and got to shake hands with the PM.”
In East Sussex, Carers Week was launched by local charity Care for the Carers at the Carers Forum, which Roger chairs. One hundred carers, volunteers and representatives of local voluntary and statutory sector organisations came together at the Forum to call for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who give up their time, money and health to look after somebody else. This year, the theme for the week is ‘The True Face of Carers’. Along with many other events taking place across the county, the Carers Forum will help to support Eastbourne’s 9,000 carers by raising awareness of the huge contribution that they make to our local community.
Marie Casey, from Care for the Carers, said, “Many carers in Eastbourne rarely have the opportunity to take a break, and can feel isolated due to a lack of understanding about what they do.
“This can have a real and negative impact on their health, finances, working and social life. The Forum gave local carers a great day out in beautiful surroundings.” For more information call 738390 or visit www.cftc.org.uk