Carers in the region looking after friends or relatives with
cancer may be missing out on vital benefits and support.
As part of national 'Carers Week' (18th to
24th June 2012), health professionals at County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are reminding cancer carers
that they are not alone.
The Trust's Macmillan Cancer Information and Support
Service is available for emotional support, information and advice
for people affected by cancer and those who care for
Andrea Elsbury, Health Improvement Service said: "We know
there are currently two million people living with a cancer
diagnosis and it's estimated that one in seven people (1.1million)
are caring for someone living with cancer in the
"When we talk about 'carers', we mean anyone who provides
unpaid help and support to someone who is ill, frail or has a
long-term physical or mental health condition. Carers UK estimates
that 625,000 people are affected by mental and physical ill health
as a direct consequence of the stress and physical demands of
"Through our Information and Support Centres we are here
to help. We can provide confidential one-to-one practical advice
and support about being a carer and have information on carer's
welfare rights, grants, holidays, insurance and working while
caring. We provide emotional support in a confidential and unrushed
setting as well as running groups such as de-stress and relaxation
On Wednesday 20th June, between 10.00am and 12.00pm,
the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, in Castle Dene
Shopping Centre, Peterlee, is inviting carers of people with cancer
to call in and see what is on offer.
Andrea added: "During this year's Carers Week we are encouraging
carers to pop in to find out what support and information is
available and to pick up a free goody bag. Visitors can also meet
our Macmillan benefits advisor who will be on hand to help with any
financial and benefit queries.
"We are keen to let those caring for someone with cancer know
that they are not alone; there is information and support available
and there is always a listening ear. We would also encourage anyone
caring for someone with cancer who is worried about their finances
to come along to the cancer information centre and see our welfare
rights advisor and find out what support the centre can offer."
For further information please ring 0800 7834056 or 0191
5874500 or call into the centre at 20 Upper Chare, Castle Dene
Shopping Centre, Peterlee SR8 1BW
Published 11th June 2012
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