Supporting Carers Week 

14/06/2011 00:00 

UCLH is supporting this year’s Carers Week (13-19 June) by hosting an information and advice stall with Camden Carers.

Supporting Carers Week

The stall will run from 9am to 1pm on Wednesday 15 June in the UCH atrium at 235 Euston Road.

Carers 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. This year, the theme for the week is ‘The true face of carers’. It calls for greater recognition for the diverse range of people who give up their time, money and health to look after somebody else.

This year’s Carers Week is supported by many famous celebrities with caring experience, including British actor, Sir David Jason. He said: “Sometimes the role of a carer can be a very hard and lonely one and carers week is a time when hopefully a carer doesn’t feel quite so alone. It is also a time to pass on information and contacts to try to help with different circumstances. It is a week to answer questions about finances, respite and health care issues. If each carer felt that one aspect of their lives had been improved with such a caring week, then the concept has been a huge success. Once again, let’s all care about the carers”.

UCLH carer governor, Carol Hart, commented about her own experience of the true face of caring: “it’s very difficult for me to access any support in my home town but I have very much benefited from my involvement at UCLH.”

Carol cares for her daughter Rachel who was referred to UCLH six years ago with cardiomyopathy, she also has a learning disability. Carol said it was invaluable to her to be able to stay close to her daughter during her treatment at the Heart Hospital and benefits greatly from being fully involved in sharing decisions with staff about her daughter’s ongoing treatment and care. She added: “the most rewarding aspect of caring for Rachel is seeing her come on in leaps and bounds with her involvement with horse riding for the disabled and competing in the special Olympics.”

Visit the stand in the atrium this Wednesday to day and find out more about your rights and access to support.

 

 

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