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Did you know there are nearly 20 thousand carers in MK? That works out at around 1 in 12 of the population of our town.
More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week this week.
The results show that huge numbers of carers are left isolated and lonely, missing out on opportunities that the rest of the population takes for granted. 80% have been forced to give up leisure activities or from going out socially since becoming a carer.
The majority of those surveyed can no longer rely on relatives for support either, as these relationships have suffered as a result of caring – 75% say they have lost touch with family and friends.
Astrid lives in Milton Keynes - she gave up her job to care for her teenage son - who has autism. She told Heart about the challenges her family face - Click here to listen