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A Walk in Celebration of Carers 2013

The Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr Robert Heron cuts the tape at the start of the walk.People from across the community gathered in Herrington Country Park on Friday 21st June to support ' A Walk in Celebration of Carers.'

The Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Bob Heron, officially started the walk through the city's beautiful country park at 11am with all those taking part receiving T-shirts, medals and goodie bags to commemorate the event and their participation.

Up to 200 people with learning disabilities, carers and representatives from various organisations walked an accessible one-mile route through the Country Park to recognise and celebrate the important role played by the 32,500 carers across Sunderland looking after ill and disabled family members or friends.

The walk was organised by Washington Multi-Purpose Centre, part of Sunderland City Council’s Health, Housing and Adult Services, to link in with National Carers Week. It was supported by Sunderland Carers’ Centre and ASDA.

People walk together on the Walk in Celebration of Carers.The Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Bob Heron said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be part of this celebration of caring in Sunderland and across the country.

Carers play a vital role in looking after those who need help in their daily lives. Caring can be anything from a full time commitment to spending a couple of hours a week looking after others, helping them have a better quality of life.

Events like this help not only help raise awareness of the massive contribution carers make to so many people's lives across our community, but also shows those carers that we all recognise and appreciate that contribution."

Walkers have fun on the Walk in Celebration of Carers.Information Officer at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, Lisa Hall added: "It is fantastic that so many people of all abilities wanted to take part in this walk and celebrate carers. Every day at least 6,000 people in the UK start caring and one in three of us will be a carer at some point in our lives.

Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life - it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can affect you financially. Today has been an opportunity to recognise this and have fun at the same time."

Sunderland Carers' Centre would like to thank Washington Multi-Purpose Centre for organising this event to raise awareness of carers and the role that they play. Thank you also to ASDA and all the other partners involved in making this event such a success in celebrating carers.