Last changed: Thursday 26 January, 2017
Harrogate Young Carers Need You

NEW fundraising drive to boost ongoing support for Harrogate Young Carers

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We are today launching a new fundraising campaign to help secure vital ongoing support for Harrogate and Knaresborough’s children and young people who look after a parent or sibling with an illness or disability.

Our push will help to make sure children – some as young as seven – can get support at times of crisis as well as a much-needed break to enjoy their childhood.

Harrogate Young Carers Need You

Harrogate Young Carers Need You photo by young carer Stephen Kirk

It is being launched on Young Carers Awareness Day (26 January, 2017) – a national day of action which puts young carers, and the daily challenges they face, firmly in the spotlight.

The campaign aims to raise £50K per year to fund support through one-to-one sessions, youth clubs and outings.

Individuals, businesses, community organisations and groups, sports clubs and schools, are being urged to back the campaign, make donations or fundraise for young carers.

  • There are about 250 young carers helped by the service in the Harrogate area, including Knaresborough, Ripon, Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge
  • Harrogate Young Carers service was set up in 1995 and has supported more than 1,000 carers since then
  • It is estimated there are TWO young carers in every classroom
  • To fundraise or make a donation contact Anne Wells, Fundraising Co-ordinator, on (01423) 500555 email: awells@carersresource.org

Director Chris Whiley says: “A young carer’s role is relentless and whether they are at home or at school they are carrying the responsibility and worries of their demanding role.

“Some young carers have very adult responsibilities, such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping, making sure their parents take their medication and regularly looking after younger siblings  – and that’s all on top of school and trying to enjoy being young.

“A young carer’s life can be a far cry from ‘care-free’, they are often worried and tired and it can mean they become isolated and miss out on typical childhood experiences.

“This is the gap we fill with our popular youth clubs and wonderful trips which help them just be themselves and one-to-one support can be crucial at times of crisis to help them cope.

Harrogate solicitors Raworths has also announced Harrogate Young Carers as its Charity of the Year and has a packed programme of fundraising activities planned.