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Caring for the Carers

Newsdate: 12 June 2014

Pictured left to right: Janet Irvine, Lead Nurse for Cancer and Palliative Care and Ann-Marie Kelly, Macmillan Information and Support ManagerThis week marks national Carers Week. It is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign aimed to celebrate the UK’s 6.5 million carers, raise awareness of their vital role and improve the lives of carers and the people they care for.

Hundreds of individuals, organisations and charities join in each year to make it one of the UK's most successful awareness campaigns. WWL and Macmillan are included in those organisations.

This very special week also welcomes Ann-Marie Kelly to WWL. Ann-Marie is our new Macmillan Information and Support Manager and will be based at our new Cancer Care Centre. Anne-Marie will also manage the Thomas Linacre Macmillan information facility.

Ann-Marie commented, “The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be used by people affected by cancer who are living in the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan area. The aim of the centre will be to work closely with patients, relatives, carers and professionals to provide high quality information. This, we hope, will help to inform them about their treatment and enable them to live with and beyond cancer.”

Anne-Mari continued, “The centre will not only be there to provide support for the person who has been diagnosed with cancer but also their family members and friends. These may or may not be carers, but regardless could need additional support and assistance in coping with the life changing diagnosis.”

Every day 6,000 people take on a new caring role in the UK. Up and down the UK the 6.5 million people continue to care, unpaid, for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. These people are called carers but they would probably say "I'm just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour.
 
When people need help with their day-to-day living they often turn to their family and friends. Looking after each other is something that we do. To support this WWL are holding an information stand on the Wigan site, for staff, visitor and patients to pick up helpful materials to support them in their carers role.

WWL’s message is we should all be prepared to care.

Pictured above left to right: Janet Irvine, Lead Nurse for Cancer and Palliative Care and Ann-Marie Kelly, Macmillan Information and Support Manager