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Media highlights from Carers Week 2015

18 June 2015

We know that so many local groups achieved fantastic coverage locally and regionally across the week. A few examples include:

  • Alison Bessey, Manager of Marion Road Day Centre run by Age UK Norwich, was interviewed in the Norwich Evening News about all the different ways people could get involved in Carers Week activity, such as coming along to a coffee morning at the centre or joining their carers support group.
  • A midwife shared her experiences of being a full-time carer for her husband who has MS with the Macclesfield Express, calling on locals to get involved with the MS Society activities taking place in the area throughout Carers Week.
  • Kay O'Shaughnessy, of Plymouth's Carers UK branch, hosted a tea dance for Carers Week, alongside therapy sessions, reflexology, sailing, Indian head massages and a lunch, which were all featured in West Briton newspaper and The Herald.

Carers Week and all the individual, local and national activities, have been covered in over 1,200 media articles and outlets – and counting:

  • Carers Week kicked off on Monday morning with young carer Sophie Dishman, who has cared for her grandmother, grandfather and immediate family for the past 10 years, since she was 11. She shared her experiences of caring on BBC Breakfast – a powerful piece that was praised by the presenters who said: “If we didn’t care, who would?”

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  • Young carer Charlie was on ITV's Lorraine Show on Monday morning, speaking about how she looks after her mum and her little sister. Presenter Lorraine Kelly gave the girls vouchers for some horse-riding lessons on the show, as they said this was something they enjoyed but hadn’t had the chance to do much of.

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  • A wide-range of carers shared their stories with ITV Lunchtime News throughout the week. Monday saw young carers Tyler and Corey talk about caring for their mum with MS, and younger brother; Tuesday saw carers Margaret Greenwood and her husband Welly caring for their adult daughter with Down’s syndrome; and Wednesday saw young adult carer Jamie Byng talking about caring for his grandmother. On Thursday, tribute was paid to the enormous amount of local activity. This was topped off with a live interview with Carers UK’s Chief Executive Heléna Herklots to give a Carers Week round-up.

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  • JLS singer Oritsé Williams was interviewed on ITV's This Morning programme on Tuesday, talking about his experiences of being a young carer where he looked after his mum and helped to raise his younger siblings. Oritsé then joined Carers UK's Head of Information and Advice for a live phone-in with carers. The segment was then featured in a range of national news outlets, including the Daily Mail.
  • BBC Radio 2 did a week long tribute to carers across a number of their shows. Last Sunday, Carers UK chief executive Heléna Herklots introduced Carers Week on Good Morning Sunday, with Clare Balding. The Chris Evans Breakfast Show and the Jeremy Vine Show then featured a carer story every single day of this week – which included incredible case study interviews and highlights from Carers Week activity. Carers UK patron Johnnie Walker did a tribute to carers on the Jeremy Vine Show on Wednesday for their ‘What makes us human?’ segments.
  • So impressive was the coverage across BBC Radio 2, and other stations including LBC, that The Independent praised it for illustrating all the different sides of caring and for proving that “there is such a thing as society”.
  • Working in collaboration with BuzzFeed, they created a special carers section on their website dedicated to Carers Week. BuzzFeed featured new articles every day of the week, including a moving interview with Stephanie, who developed MS aged 25, and her fiancé Alex who cares for her. Two blogs from young adult carers Sophie, who cares for her grandmother, and a student who cares for both of her parents, were also published.
  • On Friday, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme featured Ron, 89, who cared for his wife for two years before she died from dementia. There was also a piece on Channel 5 News, interviewing Jane, aged 83, who cares for her daughter Arabella -who can’t walk and has a heart and lung condition.
  • Andy Kaye from Independent Age and Narinder Sharma, CEO of Derbyshire Carers Association (which is partnered with the Carers Trust) were interviewed on Saturday’s BBC Breakfast alongside older carer Victor, who cares for his 85 year old wife. There were also interviews on the BBC News Channel, and BBC Radio 5 Live.
  • On the final day of Carers Week, The Sunday Times ran an article on sandwich caring, including an interview with Vicky - who cares for both her frail grandmother and her daughter who has Down’s syndrome. The Sunday Mirror ran a piece about Britain’s ageing, struggling carers, and added an opinion poll to vote in support of unpaid carers (http://ow.ly/Olg81).
  • Community Macmillan nurse Sarah, who has supported people living with cancer and the loved ones who care for them for the past 18 years, wrote a blog for Nursing in Practice about why no one should have to care alone.
  • Community Care highlighted how good support can transform adult carers’ lives by featuring Carers Trust’s Suffolk Family Carers’ Transition Project, which ensures that every young adult carer who is referred to the service gets an assessment and package of support based on their individual need.

Carers Week 2018

These organisations joined together to make Carers Week happen in 2017

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