In our countdown to Christmas 2017, we took time to reflect on how our partnership with the Rank Group supports carers across the UK. We highlighted different stories every day.

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Seven million unpaid carers

Day one: One in ten people are carers

One in ten people in the UK are caring – that’s seven million people in the UK.

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

Anyone could be a carer – a 15-year-old girl looking after a parent with an alcohol problem, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer, or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer's disease.

Follow our twelve days of Christmas 2017 with Rank Cares

Day two: A lovely Christmas break for two carers

Day three: More than three years of the Rank Group supporting carers

Day four: Treating four carers to a Christmas dinner  

Day five: When employees from five Grosvenor Casinos raced across London

Day six: A Christmas break for 60 carers

Day seven: Rank volunteers supported 7 pamper days for carers

Day eight: In total, Rank employees have volunteered over 8,500 hours

Day nine: Rank champion Charlotte Allan

Day ten –Mecca Care O’clock carers parties

Day 11: Rank champion Grant Hallworth – 11 events so far this year!

Day 12: Mecca clubs raised over £12,000 with a football tournament