To celebrate Carers week Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper made her way to the Prince of Wales Hospice to support a national campaign aimed at highlighting the work carers do.
She met staff and carers at the hospice, on Halfpenny Lane, to look at how much carers give to individuals and communities and across the Five Towns.
She spoke to the carers about their experiences of looking after loved ones and also about caring for people out in the community.
Ms Cooper also learned about the support the Prince of Wales Hospice gives in offering courses, guidance and support for people new to looking after someone.
She said: “One in eight people across the Five Towns are carers, maybe looking after elderly parents, disabled relatives, or a husband or wife with dementia.
“Our communities depend on that family support and too often it goes unnoticed.
“It was wonderful to meet some of these often unsung heroes at the Prince of Wales Hospice who do such an important job.
“It was great to hear that they are offering such wonderful support to people in sometimes really difficult circumstances, whether that’s with training or just with a cup of tea and someone to listen.”
Ms Cooper added: “Carers are doing a vital job looking after their loved ones or people out in the community who need extra help to get on and live full lives.
“That’s why we should all support Carers Week, the work they do and the work of Prince of Wales Hospice.
The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract opened in 1989. It cares for those with an advanced, progressive illness, life limiting illnesses.