Care hours all add up

COUNTY carers are clocking up more than three million hours in unpaid support each year, new figures suggest.

Charity Carers Northumberland has calculated the hours worked by the 1,570 people it has registered and they amount to more than 3,390,400 – an average of 42 a week.

Any carer seeking support from the group can call 0844 800 7354 or visit