An MP has pledged support to carers in Hartlepool for Carers Week.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright gave his backing to carers across Hartlepool as part of the national Carers Week 2015 awareness campaign, which runs from June 8-14.
There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, and of these 9,924 carers are in Hartlepool.
Mr Wright said: “Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do. That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in my community to think about the needs of carers.”