The majority of people who are caring for loved-ones have no life outside of this role, a study has suggested.
Conducted by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, the research found that 76 per cent of people looking after ill, frail or disabled people are missing out on their own lives.
In addition, 80 per cent admitted to being forced to give up a leisure activity of their own.
Sarah Ross, PR manager for the trust, commented: "Some friends may wish to help carers, however, the cared-for may be reluctant to have someone else looking after them or the carers may not want to impose on their friends.
"Some carers may even lose contact with them altogether because of their caring role."
She added that although a "tiny majority" of carers will receive some funding from the NHS to allow them a break from their role, these cases are "rare".
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