Work of carers 'should be better appreciated'

A leading carers' charity has called for greater public recognition of the role played by carers in looking after the needs of infirm over 50s and others with physically debilitating conditions.

In recognition of Carers Week, which commenced on Monday, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers is highlighting the personal and financial contribution made by carers to national health.

Though YouGov statistics suggest that 86 per cent of the public believe that carers provide a valuable contribution to society, three-quarters of those polled agree that the benefits available to them are currently insufficient.

Furthermore, a Carers Week survey revealed that many carers also suffer personal problems such as stress or depression due to the taxing nature of their roles.

As a result, the trust is looking to offer support and spread awareness of care work and the contribution that carers offer.

Fintan Nicholls, head of communications at the charity, said: "They provide a huge resource and often ask nothing in return. It's about time that people were aware of what they provide."

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