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Chester MP Chris Matheson has organised a coffee morning in Chester to be held at Storyhouse on Friday 15th June in support of the city’s carers.

Chris explained: “Carers Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the millions of Britons who provide care to their friends, relatives and partners.

“Working together with local voluntary groups, Cheshire West and Chester Council has put together a new service to support carers in Chester.

“This event is about me doing my bit to help promote this service, but I also wanted to create an opportunity for carers to feedback to the council and its partners about ways we can do more.”

Carers Week takes place 11th-17th June 2018.

There are around 6.5 million carers in the UK who are looking after a parent, partner, child or friend.

They provide unpaid care and support to people living with a disability, illness, mental health problem or those who need extra help in older age.

Chris continued: “The impact on mental health and wellbeing for carers can be significant – that’s why I am so supportive of this new service.

“I have a deep and great respect for those that give their time in the service of others.”

Carers are being invited to join Chris for a tea or coffee – and maybe a piece of cake – and to discuss what can be done to help them to help others.

Sue Walsh is the chair of the Carers Strategy Group in Cheshire West and Chester and has been helping to coordinate the coffee morning.

Sue said: “We are grateful to Storyhouse for hosting the event and to Chris for his ongoing support.

“Myself and colleagues at the council are looking forward to meeting carers on the 15th June for an informal chat about the services available to them and to discuss what more we can do to help.”

The event takes place at Storyhouse on Friday 15th June from 10am to 12pm.

It is a free event but guests are asked to book via the Storyhouse website, if possible, to give an indication of numbers: www.storyhouse.com/event/carers-week

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