UNSUNG heroes have been honoured at a special event.
To mark Carers Week, Blackpool-based care company Cherish UK held a free fun day for local carers, at the De Vere Village Hotel, Heron’s Reach.
Carers Week aims to highlight the vital contribution made by carers to their families and communities in providing unpaid care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled.
The hotel allowed the carers full use of the swimming pool, driving range and beauty room for an afternoon, free of charge.
Wendy Watson, managing director of Cherish UK, said: “Many carers in the Blackpool area suffer due to a lack of understanding about what they do – some don’t even recognise themselves as carers.
“This has a real impact on their health, finances, working and social life, and general well-being.
“Our Cherish Funday is one of many activities and services Cherish UK provides to support carers who feel isolated.”
Carer Zarna Choudhury, from Blackpool, attended the event and said: “When you’re caring for someone, it can feel like you are their life, there is no one for you to lean on for support.
“Cherish’s event was great, I was able to meet lots of other carers in the same position as me and the team made us all feel so special.”
Nathan Hillbrand, manager of the De Vere Village Hotel, said: “We were more than happy to help Cherish out with this event, as it’s such a great thing they are doing.”
Carers Week is organised by eight charities: Age UK, Carers Trust, Carers UK, Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, MS Society and Parkinson’s UK. Log on to www.carersweek.org.