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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Cumbrian MPs back campaign to give youngsters a break

Young carers are people we simply cannot do without, who do an amazing job and deserve a break.

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Sir Tony Cunningham

That is the message from Cumbria’s MPs as they give their backing to our Give Them A Break campaign, aiming to raise enough money to give these incredible young people some well-earned respite.

The politicians were full of praise for youngsters, some as young as four in Cumbria, who care diligently and selflessly for their parents, siblings and other family members.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said it was a thoroughly worthwhile cause.

“These young carers do a huge amount of support work, much of which goes unseen but yet is absolutely vital for the families and individuals involved,” he said. “I have met with a number of the carers and have always been hugely impressed by their selflessness.

“Anything which can be done to give them an opportunity to have some time to themselves and have a break from their responsibilities would, in my view, be the reward which they richly deserve.”

The campaign is a “brilliant scheme for an incredibly deserving cause,” according to Copeland MP Jamie Reed. “Young carers undertake some of the most important roles in our communities.”

He added: “By providing support for those people they care for, they genuinely make our society a better place. We literally could not do without them and I hope that everybody will support this effort in any way they can.

“Whatever their age, in our country we need to care for our carers more.”

Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart praised carers for their “amazing job”, particularly in the Penrith and Border area where there are a large number of people with a lack of mobility and an older population.

He said: “I have been so impressed with the dedication and would do anything I can to support them. Carers in general are an amazing group of people, without them society couldn’t survive.

“Young carers may be studying and have so many other pressures. They will be making other sacrifices and taking on other responsibilities at such a young age.”

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham added: “Carers do a fantastic job. I have always said this country runs on volunteers and people who care for others need to be complimented and definitely deserve a break.”

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