Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) will mark the vital role of carers with a support event at East Surrey Hospital on Thursday 14 June, part of Carers’ Week in the postgraduate education centre at East Surrey Hospital from 2.30 – 5.30pm.

Many carers do not consider themselves to be a carer, they are simply looking after a loved one, friend or relative who could not manage without them. The role of a carer can be demanding and without support can impact on a person’s physical health and mental wellbeing.

Carers may be family, friends, parents or partners caring for someone with additional needs, an illness, frailty, disability, mental health and drug or alcohol problems.

The event on 14 June is an opportunity to find out about the many organisations that can offer support and help carers access the right practical help through connections in the community.

Chrissie Brooks, patient experience lead at SASH, said: “Many carers may feel that they are just being a husband, a wife, a mum, a dad, a son, a daughter, a friend or a good neighbour and often the vital support they provide is not recognised. This event will be an opportunity to highlight just how important caring is and that there is support, information and advice available in the local community for those providing informal care. Caring can be hugely rewarding, but some carers are faced with challenges and we want to encourage carers to stay healthy and connected.”

For more information about Carers Week visit: https://www.carersweek.org/