Throughout the month of May, we’ll be celebrating the essential role of Carers. There are approximately 8.8 million unpaid Carers in the UK – that’s 13% of the population. Three in five people in the UK will be Carers at some point in their lives. ‘Caring for Carers’ features uplifting and sometimes emotional stories from Carers across the UK. You will also hear from carers, those who’ve been cared for and from experts who will share their knowledge and expertise to help us all through this extraordinary time, and beyond. These features are an upbeat and informative listen that celebrates Carers and the work they do every single day and provide essential information that’s relevant for the UK’s growing family of Carers.
“Why am I delighted to be hosting the ‘Caring for Carers’ radio features? First, I am an unwavering advocate of the Care Community in Britain. Personally, I have first-hand experience of the crucial work that Hospices deliver every single day and I remain eternally grateful to those wonderful teams. More widely, I believe there are people up and down the country that do not recognise that they are Carers due to them looking after close family members and demonstrating acts of kindness to friends and neighbours. The simple fact that ‘care’ comes in all forms. For instance, ‘Poetry Together’ is a project close to my heart. It brings schools and care homes together, in communities all over the United Kingdom, where children and adults connect and together learn, then recite a poem over tea and cake towards the end of 2020. This, for me, is ‘care’ in action, being delivered across the generations. These are just a few reasons why I am delighted to be hosting the ‘Caring for Carers’ series for radio”.