Sutton Council, Sutton Carers Centre and the NHS South West London CCG will be joining charities and organisations nationwide to celebrate Carers Week.

This year, the focus is Making Caring Visible: With thousands of unpaid carers in the borough who care day in and day out for some of the most vulnerable in Sutton.

Even though more vulnerable families have reached out for support during the outbreak, carers are still reporting that they feel 'hidden'.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are Carers and thousands in Sutton, who are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Your Local Guardian:

Parent carers, Jon and Becky Bridge, said: “We are honoured to have spoken with The Mayor of Sutton and to have raised awareness that might help other families in Sutton.

“It’s been a tough time, and we would have struggled without the help of Sutton Carers Centre and the Council food boxes.

"It has helped us cope, lifting some of the stresses and strains as we have been shielding as a family to protect Nicholas- we are really grateful.”

Chief Executive of Sutton Carers Centre, Rachael MacLeod, said: “Carers make so many sacrifices looking after their family members and friends - physically, financially and emotionally.

"It is only right that we recognise, respect and support them too.

"Thank you to all unpaid carers in our Sutton communities- those we know and those we hope to meet.”

Your Local Guardian:

Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Trish Fivey, said: “Carers Week is a vital time to acknowledge the care, compassion and sacrifice given by carers throughout our community who make a difference every day.

"The challenges they face are even more heightened as we across Sutton, and the country, live through the pandemic.

"There are so many inspiring stories of hope from within our community and as a Council, in partnership with dedicated colleagues at Sutton Carers Centre and the CCG, we have a duty to make caring visible.”

Sutton Carers Centre have planned a week full of virtual events, visit at