Celebrate our carers at the Spinnaker

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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 carerscentre@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or visit portsmouthcarers.org.