A growing invisible army are caring for increasing numbers of older, ill or disabled loved ones.

But research published today to mark Carers Week 2014 reveals worrying public ignorance of the rising call on families to provide unpaid care.

The reality is that one in eight adults – are already caring for a family member or close friend who is frail or facing long-term illness or disability.

Anne Smyth, director of the Carers’ Resource, which has carers’ centres in Bradford, Skipton, Harrogate and Ripon, urged those who are caring for someone to get in touch to get the support they often desperately need.

“Carers Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the challenges carers face on a daily basis and to remind them we are here for them all year round. Staff at our offices across Yorkshire are more than happy to help and anyone interested in seeking support can contact us in the first instance at the Bradford office on (01274) 449660.”