A Harrogate amateur dramatics group has chosen Carers’ Resource young carers’ service as its charity of the year.
Every year, Harrogate Operatic Players (HOPs) Musical Theatre Company votes to support a charity to give back to those who need it and raise money for and awareness of the chosen charity. For 2022 – 2023 it will be supporting the young carers’ service.
Lucy Thackwray, from the group, said: “HOPs are delighted to have chosen Carers’ Resource young carers’ service because we thrive on supporting young people and children. We are also celebrating one of the themes in our upcoming production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ which is children. We believe that they all equally deserve a joyful, healthy and happy childhood, whatever life they lead. Our aim is to raise funds for a group of young carers to experience fun, whether it’s a theatre trip, go karting or equipment for their youth clubs.”
Helen Prince, Head of Young Carers and Families at Carers’ Resource, added: “We are so pleased that HOPs has chosen to support young carers this year. Our trips and activities are vital for young carers so they can take some time for themselves, have fun and build their resilience. These activities are entirely funded by generous donations so the money raised by HOPs will be a fantastic boost for us.”
Young carers help to look after someone because they have an illness or a disability, they experience poor mental health or they misuse alcohol or drugs.
Carers’ Resource provides a range of support to help young carers living in Bradford, Harrogate, Selby and Craven districts, including fun trips and activities in school holidays, youth clubs and one-to-one support. The service is designed to support young carers’ well-being and resilience, and to help them achieve their potential as successful, happy adults.
Founded in 1924 and based in Harrogate, HOPs performs shows every year to audiences around the area.
The group provides a positive and supportive platform for all budding actors, actresses, dancers, crew and creative individuals.