Last Updated: 12 June 2019
Created: 12 June 2019
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson showed his support for carers in Swindon as he joined the Swindon Carers Centre for the annual ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ event.
It was the fifth time Justin has taken part in the event, which aims to help raise money and awareness for carers in Swindon. Starting at the Pilgrim Centre, supporters walked through the town centre, after which they enjoyed refreshments and entertainment.
The event is a national initiative which kicks off Carers Week - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Many people may not realise that they are carers, so the week also aims to help people unaware that they are carers and identify the support they need.
Carers make a huge contribution, working tirelessly to support friends and family members with a disability, mental or physical illness, substance misuse issue, or who need extra help as they grow older. There are 21,000 carers of all ages in the borough of Swindon, saving our economy millions every year.
Justin Tomlinson MP said: “Carers make a huge contribution to our local communities, and their duty and commitment to the people they care for is amazing. As the North Swindon MP I work very closely with the fantastic Swindon Carers Centre and have seen first-hand the vital support they give to carers.”