Here are a selection of personal stories of people sharing their experiences of looking after a loved-one.
These carers receive support from our Network of Carers’ Centres across the UK.
John's Story John's health has suffered due to the pressures of caring; he suffer bouts of depression diagnosed as secondary to his partner's illness, which has caused me to take time off work.
James' Story At the age of 93, James Murdoch is one of Scotland’s oldest unpaid carers.
Karon's Story Karon has been caring for her mother for seven years. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Ronnie's Story Ronnie, 61, has cared for his wife for over 15 years. With MS and osteoarthritis in her spine, Ann needs 24 hour care.
Joan's Story Joan, 75, cares for her daughter Joanne who is 41. Joanne was born with physical and learning disabilities as a result of German measles during pregnancy. Joan’s husband is 82 and has had a stroke.
Vicky's Story Vicky has been a parent/carer for her son Paul who has cerebral palsy for 31 years and for her 24 year old son Daniel who has severe ADHD with related social, emotional and behavioural problems.
Anne's Story Anne cares for her 16 year old daughter, Paula, who has Deletion Syndrome.
Ray's Story Ray cared for his wife Mary, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, until her death earlier this year.
Young Carers' Stories
Jodie's Story Jodie is a 14 year old young carer who looks after her brother Rocky who is 8. Rocky suffers from a very rare genetic condition called Peters Plus Syndrome.
Kiki's Story The day starts early for 12-year-old Kikelomo Famuyawa. She gets up first, has her bath then runs another one for her two-year-old sister Victoria who suffers from hydrocephalus (water on the brain) and has severe learning difficulties.
Grant's Story Sometimes it all gets too much for Grant, 13, when he’s sitting in school trying to concentrate but can’t stop worrying about what's going on at home.
Jordan's Story He knows he can’t cheer me up fully inside, but he can put a smile on my face for ten minutes once a day
Aewyn's Story I’ve grown up more understanding, tolerant and caring
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers offers access to carers who are happy to share their stories with the media. Please email Sarah Ross or call 020 8498 7920