Carer visits MPs to lobby for more help

PLEA Valerie Rossiter and Mark Hoban
PLEA Valerie Rossiter and Mark Hoban

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A CARER has visited the Houses of Parliament to call on politicians to urgently reform support for carers.

Valerie Rossiter, from Fareham, cared for her husband, who has Parkinson’s and dementia, for many years until she reached breaking point and he had to be admitted to a nursing home.

She was invited to talk to MPs as part of a delegation from Parkinson’s UK.

The charity supports Carers Week which runs from June 18 to 24.

A survey issued as part of the week revealed more than eight out of 10 carers suffer both physical and mental health problems due to caring.

Mrs Rossiter said: ‘Having come to a point where I was so seriously ill from caring that I could no longer support my husband at home, I felt strongly about the opportunity to meet politicians and tell it like it is.

‘What galls me most is the unfairness of caring. We carers save the UK economy £119bn a year, but services are being cut and many of us get no help – including financial – to pay for a bit of respite from this role.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban said: ‘Valerie’s experiences are a reminder of the priceless contributions carers make.

‘I was struck by how much harder we need to work locally to join up services for people like Valerie and her husband.’