A LANDMARK has been lit up to celebrate the work of carers.

The salt stacks in Winsford Town Park are illuminated in green to mark Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

Winsford mayor Cllr Nathan Pardoe, said: "It's great to see our Town Park lit up in recognition of all that carers do. Carers Week seeks to raise awareness about unpaid carers and the challenges they face.

"Most if not all of us know an unpaid carer and we should all recognise the amazing contributions they make to their families and communities."

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This year, carers are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the pandemic. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

These unsung heroes need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding.

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

Campaigners say is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need.

Carers can find support by visiting cheshirewestcarersupport.co.uk