Bill Wiggin MP joined forces with Lynda Bellingham to celebrate the launch of Carers Week, 10-16 June 2013, to recognise the contribution that carers in North Herefordshire make on a daily basis.                       

In Westminster Bill Wiggin MP pledged his support to carers across North Herefordshire as part of the national awareness campaign, Carers Week, to celebrate the 6.5 million carers across the UK and raise awareness of the impact that caring has on people’s lives.

Between 2001 and 2011 3,099 people became carers in Herefordshire raising the total number of carers in the county to 20,676, an increase of 18%.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “Every day across North Herefordshire 1 in 8 people will care for a loved one in some form. This hidden group of people give up their time, sometimes their jobs and often make life changing sacrifices to care for someone.

“Carers save this country an incredible £119 billion1 every year. That’s why I believe as a society we must be Prepared to Care for our carers.” 

In 2013 Carers Week will be focusing on whether the nation is Prepared to Care? The campaign will highlight how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities. 

As part of Carers Week, a number of events will be held in and around Herefordshire in both Leominster and Hereford, to help carers access support and advice. Carers can find out what’s going on at

Actress and former carer Lynda Bellingham said:  “My sister and I cared for our mother when she had Alzheimer’s so I know first-hand the impact that caring can have on someone’s life. That’s why I’m supporting Carers Week because I believe it’s vital that help is made available, especially when you consider that every day 6,000 new people will take on a caring role for a loved one. Carers in this country do a fantastic job and we must come together to support them. 

“It’s fantastic to see MPs pledge their support for Carers Week and carers in the UK. Events like this ensure that carers stay at the top of the political agenda and it’s also an opportunity to remind MPs and decision makers of the overwhelming contribution that carers make.” 

Helen Clarke, Carers Week Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see MPs taking a stand for carers. Carers form the backbone of our society and that’s why Carers Week is so incredibly important to not only recognise their contribution, but ensure they get the help and support they need.” 

Carers Week is delivered by a partnership of national charities – Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society, Parkinson’s UK and supported by the Stroke Association and Bupa’s Carewell. In 2013 it is sponsored by Sainsbury’s Plc and the sector skills council in England Skills for Care. 

Keep up to date with Carers Week and events happening in North Herefordshire at     Twitter @carersweek