Not enough people providing care to family and friends with cancer are getting the support they need. And unless something changes, people will continue struggling unnecessarily.
That’s why we’re launching a campaign in October to help the NHS and local authorities recognise and support carers at the earliest opportunity.
How Joe cared for Melita
Joe, whose wife Melita has cancer, says, ‘You know, I don’t think I ever sat down and thought, “Oh, I’m a carer.” It just sunk in gradually.
‘Nothing prepares you for the role – suddenly you’re thrown in the deep end and you don’t know how your day or week or year is going to be.'
‘I don’t always know what to do or where to go for help. There are no signposts. I mean, I didn’t realise for a long time that I could actually claim a carer’s allowance.’
Carers like Joe are simply not being identified and told about support. To make sure more is done, Macmillan is publishing a new report with recommendations to the government and NHS England.
Joe tells us, ‘At the moment, you don’t hear much about carers. It’s not that we want praise but we need the government to raise our profile. And we need to have signposts so we know who to contact for help.’
Find out more about Macmillan's support for carers.