Mayor praises carers for their vital work as Carers Week begins

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today praised the work of carers in the capital and across the UK, whose important contribution to society as well as loved ones often goes unnoticed.

There are an estimated six million carers in the UK, with almost 680,000 in London, though this figure is thought to be higher. Around 2.3 per cent of carers in London are aged under 16. Many will be juggling other responsibilities such as work or school. This year’s theme is “The True Face of Carers” and the aim is to dispel myths and reveal the realities of their situation.

The Mayor said: ‘If we look into the ‘true face of carers’ we see selflessness, determination and resilience. But this can be at the expense of the carers’ own aspirations, well-being and quality of life as they support their family, friends and neighbours for nothing in return. In these challenging times we must all ensure that they are neither taken for granted nor forgotten. My best wishes to everyone involved in Carers Week 2011 and to the unsung heroes for the amazing work they do every day of the year.’

With Carers Week taking place from 13-19 June, the Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes will present certificates to people participating in this year’s London Carers’ Thames Walk, which takes place the day before (Sunday 12 June). Now in its sixth year, the 10-mile walk along the south bank of the Thames starts at the Scoop outside City Hall. Organised by a committee of carers and carers centres, the aim is to raise awareness and funds.

The Deputy Mayor of London Richard Barnes said: ‘Carers across the capital are doing quite extraordinary work every day of the year. I am delighted to be able to welcome the organisers and participants of the sixth London Carers’ Thames Walk to City Hall. We should never forget the vital contribution they make.’


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