Local MP, Mark Prisk has teamed up with TV and radio presenter, Jonathan Dimbleby to support this year's Carers Week (8-14 June), and celebrate the contribution made by those people in Hertford and Stortford and throughout the UK who provided unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
The theme for Carers Week is 'Carers...the UK's secret service' and calls for carers to receive greater recognition for the work they carry out, which is so vital for their families and friends, and for their communities. Mark Prisk and Jonathan have joined together to pay tribute to carers, and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles.
Mark Prisk said: ""There are thousands of people in East Herts who sacrifice their time - and often their health, finances, work and social life - in order to care for a loved one. They deserve to be recognised for the priceless contribution they make, both to our local community and to society at large.
""In particular, Carers in Hertfordshire provide a vital role in support, to those who often have to struggle alone.""
Jonathan Dimbleby, who has personal experience of being a carer, said: ""Just imagine for a moment what would happen if carers ceased to care and simply gave up. There would be no-one to look after millions of frail, elderly or disabled people. It would be a nightmare: chaos, panic and much worse.""
""Of course carers would never behave like that. They are motivated by love, duty and compassion. But those of us who have been in that role, even for a short time, know how testing and draining it can be. That is why Britain's 'secret service' must not be forgotten, ignored or exploited.""