GMB JOINS FORCES WITH LEADING CARE PROVIDER IN CALL ON PRIME MINISTER TO GRANT CHRISTMAS WISH TO END FUNDING CRISIS
Giant Christmas card delivered to Downing Street calls on Theresa May to investment in care to address 'inadequate' financial support for care providers.
GMB, the union for care workers will join forces with leading care provider HC One and a delegation of older people later today (15:00pm) to deliver a Christmas card to the Prime Minister asking her to grant carers’ Yuletide wish for end to the funding crisis in care.
The union will head to 10 Downing Street, Westminster, at 3:00pm today to deliver the Christmas message. 
The Christmas card, co-signed by care home provider HC-One urges the PM to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that the government values the work and service of the care sector.
Today's initiative forms part of GMB's #WeCare campaign celebrating the work of members working in care this Christmas.
It comes as new analysis from the Labour Party this morning shows 2.3 million older missing out on vital social to help them with basic tasks.
Labour is warning the “quality of care is on a precipice” with cuts on council funding due to spiral to £6.3bn by next year amid increasing demand from the ageing population.
Sharon Wilde, GMB National Officer said:
“Carers work incredibly hard all year round – but at this time of year their love and dedication is often the difference between someone having a merry Christmas, or a lonely, miserable one.
“Health and social care funding is one of the most pressing issues facing our country - with a crisis of epic proportions upon us.
“GMB has been warning the Government for years about the vast social care funding black hole.
“Hopefully, at this festive time of year, the Prime Minister will listen and grant the care sector its Christmas wish.”
Justin Hutchens, HC-One Chief Executive said:
"Greater investment in care would demonstrate value to and recognition of the millions of dedicated, hard-working care professionals who commit to providing an invaluable public service, boosting morale and pride in the care sector.
"We're asking the Government to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that it values the work and service of our sector."
Contact: GMB press office on 07358 156846 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
 The card will contain the message:
Dear Prime Minister
We wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you receive all that you asked for.
We also wish for an end to the funding crisis in care that has led to inadequate local government financial support for care providers.
We wish for greater investment in care to demonstrate value to and recognition of the millions of dedicated, hard-working care professionals who commit to providing an invaluable public service, boosting morale and pride in the industry.
We wish for your government to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that you value the work and service of our industry.
Let’s hope we get all that we ask for, too.
Care for our Carers, Care for the Care Sector.
With best wishes,
Sharon Wilde, National Officer for Care, GMB
Justin Hutchens, Chief Executive, HC One
 GMB is currently running a campaign celebrating care workers at Christmas #WeCare at Christmas https://www.gmb-wecare.org/?
 Pictures of GMB care workers attached