AROUND 1,000 Portsmouth carers have come forward for help in the past year.
The carers – who look after family members, loved ones or friends without payment – contacted Portsmouth Carers Centre for support.
The centre offers respite breaks, a sitting service, benefits advice and a listening ear.
For National Carers Week, which starts on Monday, it is holding a celebration at Spinnaker Tower attended by city Lord Mayor Lynne Stagg and 70 carers.
A bake-off contest is also being held on Friday.
Carers service co-ordinator Marina Martin said: ‘The event at the tower is to help carers make contact with other people in the same position, and give them a special night out.
‘If you care for someone who’s disabled or ill, your life can be difficult and lonely, but getting a little bit of support can make you feel revitalised.’
For more information, call (023) 9285 1864, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit portsmouthcarers.org.