Published 1 August 2017

The Princess, who is Patron of Carers Trust, visited the centre to see the work they do to support carers in the Runcorn and Widnes area.

As Patron of Carers Trust, The Princess Royal visited Halton Carers Centre in Cheshire to see first-hand how the centre supports carers in the Runcorn and Widnes area.

3 in 5 people in the UK will become a carer at some point in their lifetime. Currently, there are around 7 million unpaid carers in the UK with 2.1 million providing over 20 hours caring each week – 700,000 are under 18.

​Halton Carers Centre offers a wide range of respite therapies and activities for carers and is a place where they can go for advice, support and friendship.

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Linda Mannion, 69, who cares for her husband, said: 'The Princess was lovely. She asked about my caring role and I was able to tell her about the support from the carers centre where the staff always give us time.' During the visit, Her Royal Highness heard a performance from Les Miserables by the Ella Performance Group which is an inclusive group for young people and adults with learning disabilities.

Before leaving, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit and was presented with a posy by Andrew Telford, 46. Andrew has Downs Syndrome and is cared for by his sister, Pam Roberts who is also a carer for their mother.