Cash boost for West Norfolk Carers charity

Young carers volunteer Sue Renwick with a young carer.

Young carers volunteer Sue Renwick with a young carer.

Young carers are set to benefit thanks a £4,000 grant from a trust set up by former Norwich City chairman and president Geoffrey Watling.

The generous hand-out to West Norfolk Carers has come from the Geoffrey Watling Charity, a legacy founded by the late entrepreneur which helps to make a difference to organisations serving communities across Norfolk and Waveney.

Although the fund will help the charity support its carers of all ages, young carers at the heart of our separate Somewhere For Me appeal will benefit greatly.

Jane Evans, chief executive for WNC, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the funding grant from the Geoffrey Watling Charity.

“The funding will go a long way to ensuring that carers of all ages will be able to continue receiving a service.

“We are especially keen to ensure that some of the funding goes towards the costs of our young carers groups.

“These groups offer the young carers a great opportunity to meet with other children in similar circumstances, to relax and simply enjoy being a child.

“Our young carers groups rely on public donations, and without the support of local people helping the young carers to have some time free of their caring responsibilities they tell us they would struggle even more than they do already.”

Expanding the young carers groups, so that the charity can reach out to even more youngsters carrying the burden of caring for a loved one, is the reason behind the Somewhere For Me appeal.

Launched in September last year, the £10,000 appeal will help the charity to set up and run even more young carers groups. Around 100 young carers, aged from just seven to 18, currently benefit from the vital service, but it is oversubscribed and there are at least 30 more children on a waiting list for help.

The groups help young carers, who look after a family member with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol problem, to have a life of their own outside their caring role.

They get to enjoy various activities and make friends with youngsters in similar situations as them.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Somewhere For Me appeal can visit: www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click ‘donate’ or fill in the coupon opposite.

Anyone thinking of organising a charity event in aid of the appeal can also get in touch with Lynn News reporter Amy Collett for free publicity before and after the event. Contact 01553 817322 for more information.