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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Carlisle United roll out the red carpet to entertain young carers

Hundreds of Cumbria’s young carers will be treated like football superstars thanks to a generous donation to our Give Them A Break campaign.

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Sean O'Hanlon in action against Preston North End

The News & Star’s appeal wants to raise £20,000 to give some of the county’s legion of young carers respite from their daily responsibilities of caring for their parents, siblings or other family members.

We have joined forces with Eden Carers, West Cumbria and Carlisle Carers to help provide these unsung heroes with memories they will treasure.

The campaign has been given a major boost after Carlisle United pledged to open up their 350-seat community stand at Brunton Park to young carers for their fixture against Southend on August 23.

Not only that, but the League Two side have promised to give the carers the full match day experience, including the chance to meet one of the players, a pitchside parade and photographs.

The whole package is worth around a whopping £3,500 and adds to the other generous donations from west Cumbria-based Nuclear Management Partners, the Cumberland Building Society and members of the public.

A spokesman for the club said: “We saw the appeal in the News & Star last week and it struck a chord with a lot of people here.

“Some of these youngsters are fantastically dedicated and carry out caring duties not just for one but sometimes two people.

“We think they need some respite and a little pick-me-up along the way, hopefully we have done a little bit of that by opening up our venue and the money can’t buy stuff like getting to go behind the scenes.

“We are more than happy to do our bit.”

Louise Stuart, young carers manager at Carlisle Carers, said they were delighted with the news.

“It is absolutely wonderful, a fabulous piece of news that will allow a lot of young carers to go along and experience the football, something I think they will all enjoy. We can’t thank them enough for their generous offer,” she said.

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