Anthony Collins Solicitors
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I am constantly blown away by the care delivered to many of my
clients – and so many other people – by their families as unpaid
carers. The unerring devotion and dedication delivered, day in day
out – often on top of a ‘normal’ job, is staggering.
Seeing the figures that there are 6.5 million
unpaid carers who deliver the equivalent of
£193 billion of care has put into
perspective for me the immense economic impact and value of what
these wonderful people do – as Rethink Mental Illness has noted the
equivalent value of care delivered by unpaid carers is almost a
second NHS – working quietly and often unseen in the shadows
supporting the NHS and social care sectors.
It is an understatement to say that the country could not cope
without the service of unpaid carers but more importantly, the
individuals who receive that care could not manage without their
loved ones’ care and certainly would not have the quality of
life they are able to have without the commitment of their unpaid
Quite simply we as a society, and so very many vulnerable
individuals, could not manage without unpaid carers. However, that
does not mean that it is right that we simply expect that this care
will be delivered and available nor should it be expected.
For so many carers, their role is one they HAVE to do – they
have no choice other than to meet their loved ones’ needs in
the absence of any other services.
So this Carers Week I just want to say THANK
YOU carers – you are seen, you are valued, and you are not
alone. And we as a society need to ensure this recognition,
support, and campaign for greater resources is well supported and
hopefully better resourced for the future – well beyond Carers Week
Visible, valued, and supported. Carers we are with you.
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