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Carers Week launched at the Civic 14.06.10

Sutton Carers Centre has been named as the Mayoral Charity of the Year.

Carers Week launched at the Civic

Sutton Mayor, Cllr Margaret Court, nominated it as her charity at a reception at the Civic Offices today (14 June).

The Centre is now set to receive thousands of pounds raised from functions hosted by the Mayor.

The Mayor was joined by Carshalton & Wallington MP Tom Brake for the event, which also marked the start of National Carers Week. A series of activities will be held throughout Sutton and across the country to raise awareness and celebrate the good work that carers do.

The theme of this year's Carers Week is "A Life of My Own" – a recognition that 78 per cent of carers feel that they have no life outside their caring role.

Sutton Carers Centre provides a wide range of support for both adult and young carers, including information and advice, social events and a variety of therapies.  

Cllr Court said: "This week is all about raising awareness of the sacrifices carers make and giving them a really deserved break.

"I selected Sutton Carers Centre as my charity of the year because of the great work the Centre does in the community and the difference carers make to the lives of the people they help."

Rachael MacLeod, Chief Executive of Sutton Carers Centre, said: "Carers Week celebrates the contribution that Sutton's 16,000 carers make to the community and gives carers the support they need to care for their loved ones as well as themselves."

Becca Collard, 17 a young carer from Carshalton, who looks after her mother and siblings, also attended the event. She said: "Sutton Carers Centre gives me advice and helps me to meet new people who are going through the same thing."

Tomorrow (Tuesday 15 June), pampering and stress relief sessions for carers will be held in Sutton Carers Centre and a carers forum will be hosted at the Civic Offices. A bring and buy sale will also take place at the Thomas Wall Centre to raise money for carers.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Adult Carers Champion will hold a special coffee morning at Sutton Carers Centre on Wednesday (16 June). A young carers event on Thursday (17 June) also at the Carers Centre, with a host of activities including a 'pizza tasting challenge'.  

The week will conclude with the annual Cross-agency Safeguarding Conference at the Civic Offices and a 'Time Out'- Film Club at the Carers Centre for adult carers.

Cllr Margaret Court is only the third Mayor to be elected for two consecutive terms. Last year the Mayor attended over 300 events and the office has raised over £115,000 for charitable causes in the last five years.

Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010

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