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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek calls for greater recognition for the UK's six million carers

20 May 2011

Local MP for Halton, Derek Twigg, has teamed up with TV presenter Angela Rippon to support this year’s Carers Week and recognise the contribution made by those people in Haltonand throughout the UK who provide unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
The theme for Carers Week 2011 is ‘The True Face of Carers’. It calls for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who have caring responsibilities. The work they carry out is vital for their families and friends, and for their communities.
Derekmet up with Angela at the House of Commons to pay tribute to carers, and to urge that they receive more support in their caring roles. Dereksaid:
“Thousands of people in Haltonsacrifice not only their time, but also their money and their health in order to care for a loved one. Together they save this country an astonishing £119 billion. They deserve to be recognised for their contribution to both our local community and to wider society.
“I am taking part in Carers Week to show my respect and appreciation for our carers. I also want to let them know that there are services out there to help them. Caring can be so incredibly demanding. It’s important that carers know that they don’t have to struggle on alone.”
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Derek discusses Carers Week with Angela Rippon

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