Merton walks miles to support carers

To mark the start of Carers Week (9 -13 June), Merton showed its support for carers by taking part in an 11 mile walk last Sunday.

Staff from Carers Support Merton – a charity that supports carers in Merton and works closely with Merton Council – put their walking shoes on and joined around 150 people to walk along the south bank of the Thames. Cabinet Member for Housing, Adult Care and Health, Councillor Linda Scott, represented Merton Council’s support to all the carers in the borough.

The aim of the walk was to celebrate the important work of carers and increase awareness of the issues that carers face. It was also an opportunity to raise money for carers centres and the Princess Royal trust for Carers.

According to the 2001 National Census, approximately 8% of Merton’s population provide unpaid care.

Councillor Linda Scott, Cabinet Member for Housing, Adult Care and Health, says: “Merton Council wishes to show its support to all its residents who give up their time to look after those in need. I am delighted to represent Merton carers in such an exciting event.”

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