A NEW county council card will help unpaid carers across Lancashire get fit and healthy.

The ‘Passport to Leisure’ is available to anyone who looks after someone with an illness or disability who can’t manage without additional support.

Lancashire County Council, district councils and local leisure trusts have produced it specifically for carers.

The aim is to give their health and wellbeing a boost by offering discounts on a wide range of leisure activities.

Carers can use the card at venues countywide for reduced admission charges for activities such as swimming, golf, racquet sports, gym, zumba and exercise classes.

It applies to the 12 boroughs in the county council area which include Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale and Chorley.

Community services boss Tony Martin, who represents Burnley Central West, said: “Carers frequently ask us about leisure opportunities for themselves as well as the people they care for.

“The ‘Passport to Leisure’ card will help to take short breaks, relax, make new friends and generally recharge batteries.”