Princess Royal highlights 'vital' role of unpaid carers in video message recorded for Carers Week

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal has recorded a special message of thanks and support for unpaid carers to mark this year’s Carers Week.

Speaking directly to unpaid carers, The Princess Royal acknowledges how the sacrifices they make, and the difficulties they face “all too often go unnoticed”.

The Princess Royal, who is President of Carers Trust, also observes “just how easy it is for family carers to become isolated from friends and wider family because they need to stay inside and care”.

With this in mind, The Princess Royal observes that the theme for this year’s Carers Week, Making Caring Visible, “has never been more important. Especially because Coronavirus has made all the challenges you were already facing even more daunting.”

Unpaid carers play an indispensable role supporting family members who cannot look after themselves because of an illness, disability or mental health problem. But the devoted care they provide is delivered at home and out of sight. It’s hard for the public to see, far less recognise, just what a difference unpaid carers are making every day to improving the lives of others. And so it’s easy to understand why so many carers feel invisible – as if their tireless work in caring for others is all too easily forgotten, or ignored.

Carers Trust is delighted therefore that in this Carers Week video message, the Princess Royal has so publicly singled out the role of unpaid carers as “a vital one, one to be highlighted and celebrated, and one that should never be forgotten”.

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