People like you

3 in 5 of us will become carers at some stage in our lives. Caring can be unpredictable; it can happen overnight or creep up on you and often cannot be planned. However you are not alone. In fact there are currently over 3 million people in the UK who are working and caring for someone.

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James, 28, became a carer literally overnight. His dad, Owen, had a fall and was paralysed below the neck. As an only child James’ life changed, “I’ve become a kind-of parent”.

Lisa is a PA to a senior Director in BT Retail service agility. She lives with and cares for her elderly Mum who is disabled. 

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Terry and his partner Sherry have two children. George and his elder brother William. William has Cerebal Palsy and caring for him is a 24 hour, round-the-clock job. 

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Nicola is a service liaison officer for Cable & Wireless UK and has been with BT since the age of 17. Her place of work varies on a weekly basis with time spent working from the office, from home (one day a week) and travelling to attend meetings.

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My dad has been on his own since mum died 3 years ago. At 79, he’s got a heart condition, incontinence, is generally very frail and unable to get around the house, even with his walking frame and we thought we’d lost him three times.

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Tina lives in Wales and works for the Ministry of Justice. Last year Tina’s daughter Sarah underwent a major operation which took place in Liverpool. 

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