Edward has pledged his support to unpaid carers across Charnwood as part of Carers Week 2019

Carers Week is a national awareness week that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by those caring unpaid for someone living with an illness, disability, mental health condition or as they grow older. Research released for Carers Week suggests there could be many more people than previously thought acting as unpaid carers to their family and friends - as many as 8.8 million adult carers across the UK.

Edward attended an event in Parliament to celebrate the valuable contribution carers make locally and to meet and talk with carers about their experiences, and what they believe would help to improve the lives of carers by getting carers connected to practical and financial support.

Edward said: “Carers make a huge contribution to our society, providing vital and often hidden support to friends and family members. That is why I am supporting Carers Week 2019 and encouraging individuals and organisations across our county to think about what more they can do to get carers connected to support and ensure carers feel valued and supported.”