St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 24th June 2012
National Carers’ Week
Carers are very special people.
My Mum and Dad were in their thirties with two teenage daughters when my Mum’s Multiple Sclerosis was diagnosed and my Dad looked after my Mum as she gradually lost all her faculties over the next 30 years. Or we might think of Alison, a single mother, whose daughter was born with a life-limiting condition but who lived till she was nearly 14 with the excellent care of her Mum and those who supported them. The Renewal Programme offers advice and advocacy to the 22,000 or so carers in Newham and we are constantly run off our feet.
You don’t choose to be a carer, though you might, not unreasonably, decide that that’s not what you want to do, but the vast majority of carers just get on with it and will say that they are simply doing what love calls them to do.
But that caring has huge impact on the well-being of the carer; many carers have to give up their jobs, their friends and any thought of a social life, all of which takes a huge toll on their own health.
But they wouldn’t have it any other way – and we must be grateful for that as they save us millions of pounds in paid care, apart from the fact that carers give the best kind of care.
So this week, we’ll look out for carers, surely God’s earthly agents, and, if we can, give them a hand – and, if we can’t do that, put something in the tin!