Generous boost for West Norfolk Young Carers

Support for Young Carers, Richard Hoskins presenting his cheque for ?125 to Emma  Kandjou ANL-160114-082732009
Support for Young Carers, Richard Hoskins presenting his cheque for ?125 to Emma Kandjou ANL-160114-082732009

Our appeal to help a West Norfolk charity reach out and help more desperate young carers to find time for themselves, has been given another boost.

Lynn man Richard Hoskins, a long-standing supporter of West Norfolk Carers’ young carers service, has donated £125 to the charity’s Somewhere for Me appeal.

The generous donation comes in the wake of a £500 boost from Lynn’s Geoffrey Dicker Masonic Lodge, as featured in the Lynn News last week.

It means the appeal to expand the young carers service, has now reached the £2,000 mark.

Mr Hoskins said he has been a supporter of local young carers for around seven years, ever since becoming aware of what their lives looking after loved ones are like through his work with Lynn Probus Club

He said: “They do one hell of a job, without any help from anyone else. They give their time up voluntarily, and willingly, to care for family members, and often give up their childhood in the process.”

WNC currently helps around 100 young carers, who look after sick or disabled loved ones, but with your help, the charity could help even more currently on a waiting list for support.

The appeal would provide an extra support group, giving young carers a break from their demanding roles and the opportunity to spend time with other children, like their peers. It would also fund additional hours for a young carers support worker, and more one-to-one support.

Emma Kandjou, a young carers support worker for WNC, thanked Mr Hoskins.

“Support like this means the world to the young carers and will make such a difference to their lives,” she said.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the appeal can go online to it website at www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click the ‘donate’ button on the home page. Alternatively, fill in and follow the instructions on the coupon opposite.

Anyone wanting to organise a fundraiser in aid of the appeal can contact Lynn News reporter Amy Collett on 01553 817322.