The number of people caring for friends and family in Shropshire has risen by 14% in 10 years, a charity has said.

Carers UK said there were 52,204 people caring for friends and family in 2011 – an increase of 6,426 from 2001.

An aging population and the fact more people were surviving childhood with serious disabilities or illnesses were contributory factors, it added.

The charity said relatives could need financial help if they had given up work.

Steven McIntosh, policy and public affairs manager for Carers UK, said: “Nationally we’ve got around six and a half million people who are looking after older or disabled loved ones.

“If you’re caring around the clock for an older or disabled loved one, you need help, financial help if you’ve given up work but also practical help to stop you falling ill.”

Carers UK, a charity set up to help people who care for family or friends, provides information and advice about caring alongside practical and emotional support for carers.

By BBC News