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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Give Cumbria's young carers a summer to savour

With the school holidays fast approaching we need your help to make sure Cumbria’s legion of young carers get the break they thoroughly deserve this summer.

Dawn Kenyon photo
Dawn Kenyon

At a time when most families are packing their suitcases ready for a trip to sunny foreign lands, these youngsters can only dream of a day away from the daily grind.

Cumbria has more than 3,000 children looking after sick or disabled parents with some shockingly as young as four.

Many are trapped in the daily battle of looking after mum, dad or siblings while balancing their schoolwork.

The News & Star’s Give Them A Break appeal aims to raise cash and gather donations to allow these remarkable young people to go on much needed respite trips and breaks away.

All money raised will be spent on trips to the seaside, theme parks, sports and play events – treats most adults hold in their minds as treasured childhood memories.

Our total stands at just under a fantastic £7,000, which includes exceptionally generous donations from west Cumbria-based Nuclear Management Partners and the Cumberland Building Society. But we need more.

Teamed with the NMP’s donation was the promise to take some young carers to watch rugby league matches in Whitehaven and speedway in Workington.

The money raised so far will put an endless amount of smiles onto the faces of many young people – but we need more to help fulfil their dreams.

Dawn Kenyon, chief executive of Carlisle Carers, urged people to continue with their generous support.

“It is so important to be able to give the young carers access to activities, trips and social events that they get nowhere near enough of. The money raised so far is fantastic as funding is really tight and there is less money around,” she said.

“We can’t provide these types of trips without the funding and support of people so the generosity of others is vital. It is the hidden services like breaks away that make a really big difference and we rely completely on external funding. Young carers need a break.”

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