The number of people caring unpaid for friends or family members has now reached 6.5 million across the country.
Roger Firth explains what it's like to be a carer
A new survey released for Carers' Week shows that thousands of unpaid carers are putting their health at risk to care for loved ones.
Carers Week, which aims to raise awareness of the unpaid role, begins today.
Dave Dunn from Erdington has cared for his wife who has Parkinsons for 22 years and says it is hard to know what support is available.
He spends 80 hours a week looking after Diane.
The number of people caring unpaid for friends or family members has now reached 6.5million across the country.
Monday will be the start of Carers Week, aiming to raise awareness about those who spend much of their lives caring for someone else, and the problems they face.
There are now over 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, people caring for friends or family members.
Monday marks the beginning of Carers Week, aiming to raise awareness of the struggles carers have to overcome.
David Dunn has been a carer to his wife Diane who suffers from Parkinsons for the past five years, he says it is a struggle and has no longer has time for a social life.