Voluntary carers are special guests at Scottish Parliament

John Lamont MP with Michael Grieve and his daughter Esther in the Scottish Parliament.
John Lamont MP with Michael Grieve and his daughter Esther in the Scottish Parliament.

berwickshire carers were guests of honour at the Scottish Parliament last week when they were invited by Borders MP John Lamont in recognition of the importance of the care they give to others every day.

Mr Lamont met the group of carers, including others from the Borders, this week as part of this year’s Carers’ Week celebrations from June 13-19:this year’s theme - ‘the true face of caring’.

Across Scotland, it is estimated that unpaid carers save the Scottish economy £10.3 billion each year (£119 billion in the UK) by relieving pressure on health and social services and serving their communities.

In the Borders there are approximately 11,500 who are caring for others, including a number of young carers who are the main carer for a parent.

John Lamont MSP said: “I was very pleased to welcome these unsung heroes to the Scottish Parliament this week.

“People like Michael Grieve who, along with his daughter Esther, cares for his wife who lives with extreme chronic pain, play a hugely valuable role in communities up and down the country and it is fitting that we recognise their work in this way.”

Florence Burke, director for Scotland for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, said: “Unpaid carers and young carers come from all walks of life and provide a vital and often unrecognised contribution to society.

“Many carers in Scotland fear the impact of cuts to services, but we can’t afford not to support carers through carers’ services, regular breaks and a life outside of caring.”