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Carers Week aims to raise awareness of the unpaid role

Dave Dunn from Erdington has cared for his wife Diane who has Parkinsons for 22 years

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.

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The struggles faced by those who care for loved ones

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.

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