Carers week in Chester
Research shows almost three quarters of carers in the North West say they don't have a life outside of their caring role.
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. 77% have been forced to give up leisure activities or from going out socially since becoming a carer.
Anwyn Blinstern is a carer in Chester she looks after her son Peter who has cerebral palsy. She has been looking after her son from the last 35 years. She says life is hard but there is help out there:
'It's very time consuming. We get a lot of help and support from Social Services. Well the Mulberry Centre is a life saver without them life would be very difficult. Life is a roller coaster, you get a lot of happiness and an awful lot of love and a lot of worry too. Each little achievement is a big milestone and they will surprise you. Our son surprises us everyday.'
Carers week events in Cheshire:
Meet at Lock Café 10.00am - 1.00pm for 3 mile walk: Canal side Walk Beeston
Winsford Drop In St Luke's Hospice 10.30am - 12.30pm Cake Icing
Neston Drop In United Reformed Church 10.30am -12.30pm legal advice for carers
Caring with Confidence Launch Cheshire Carers Centre, Crewe 11.00am - 2.00pm
Carers Information Old La Senza Shop, 10.00am - 3.00pm
Carers Talk Neuro Muscular Centre11.00am - 2.00pm
Parent Carers- Cheshire Carers Centre, 10.00am - 1.00pm