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Recognising the need to support the UK’s unpaid carers

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the Carers Trust, joined distinguished guests at an annual event at Mansion House on Wednesday 3rd April 2019. The event was designed to raise awareness of the issues carers face and highlight the support that is available to them through the Carers Trust network.

Guests heard from young carer, Izzy Farrell who described her responsibilities looking after her mother and the impact this has on her life, as well as how her local Carers Trust service has helped her and her family.

The Princess Royal took the opportunity to express her pride at being involved with the charity since 1991, when people caring for others were scarcely recognised as a group requiring support. She was, however, keen to emphasise that there is more to be done to make sure carers and young carers receive the help that they need.

She reflected that anyone can become a carer, at any time and that people do not always see themselves as such and do not necessarily recognise their own needs.

Three in five people become a carer at some point in their lifetime. With so many people living for longer, the number of those who are becoming carers is increasing quite dramatically, with as many as seven million carers in the UK today. The Princess Royal called for support and recognition of the vital role that family carers play in our society.

Grant Peires, representing CLC World Charity Holidays, also attended and said that CLC World “is proud to be able to support Carers Trust in their work to provide action, help and advice to the UK’s 7 million carers.”