Whilst we are in the midst of so called awards season and constantly bombarded by what seems to be a lot of self congratulatory shenanigans in the media, maybe we should pause for a moment and shift our star struck gaze from the golden achievements of paper heroes of stage and screen and focus on those among us who quietly get on with the daily business of being a real hero, often without so much as a thank you.
There are people who give up a great part of their own lives to care selflessly for others and these individuals could well deserve the title of hero much more and indeed be far more deserving of our thanks and adoration than the strutting egos that fill our screens from morning till night.
Not that these gilded creatures are unskilled people and no doubt they are much deserving of praise where it is due and of course proper financial reward for their efforts, but when compared to the individual that spends their whole life, day and night, looking after someone’s every need, I do mean every need from toilet to dressing, their achievements pale into nothingness.
The vital role that carers play in helping people on a daily basis who suffer from illness and disability and the contribution they make to our society is incredible.
In some cases carers are the glue that hold families together, helping others get the most out of their life that they can.
There is in fact an incredible number of these individuals in the United Kingdom currently somewhere between six and 7 million individuals provide care for another individual on a regular basis that is one in eight adults in the country the figure is growing constantly and these people are providing care usually without pay and provide an enormous contribution to the economy by saving the wages of a care worker to come in and take on the duties that they do for free.
The work that these carers carry out is enormous and varying from just a few hours help a week to transporting individuals backwards and forwards to put appointments, banking for them shopping for them, preparing them meals, cleaning their houses even to the point of seeing to their hygiene needs dressing, bathing, lifting and moving, even giving medicine.
It has to be that at some point the country or the government will wake up and realise what an incredible and valuable contribution these unsung heroes make every day to the well-being of our country and begin to value them for the work that they do.