Carers’ campaign advertorial
Do you look after someone with cancer? Over one million people in the UK do, and half don’t see themselves as carers.
Carers are people who look after someone with cancer who wouldn’t be able to manage without this help. And they aren’t paid for it. The chances are you or someone you know is a carer but have never thought of yourselves that way.
Sharon Blinston cares for her mum Wendy and lives with her husband and two sons. Sharon went from working full-time to part-time last year to fit in her caring duties.
She says: ‘A lot of people don’t use the term carer because they don’t see it as their role. It’s just looking after your parent in the same way you’d expect to be looked after.’
And because they don’t see themselves as carers they miss out on the support available. Macmillan Cancer Support is there for everyone who looks after a loved one with cancer.
The charity says getting the support you deserve is crucial to your health and wellbeing. And if it’s in place, you can put all your focus on caring.
Macmillan has a range of services to help you look after yourself – from free in-depth information, including booklets for carers, to financial guidance and support with work issues. The Macmillan team of experts includes counsellors, benefits advisers and social workers who can all make sure no one has to cope alone.
Sharon says: ‘It was great I could phone the Macmillan specialist nurse when my mum had chemo burns and I didn’t know what we should do. Macmillan is a source of information and I feel a lot more knowledgeable about my mum’s cancer. I’m not as frightened as I was.’
Find out more about the support you could receive at macmillan.org.uk/carers. Or call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00.
Macmillan is also working to make sure the Care Bill, currently being debated in parliament, gives carers the support they need and introduces new carers’ rights.
Sharon says: ‘The government needs to look at all those who are carers and think if they weren’t doing that who would help people with cancer?’
Find out more or get involved in the campaign at macmillan.org.uk/carebill.