An appeal to help give local young carers a much-needed break from responsibilities beyond their years has received a welcome boost.
The Geoffrey Dicker Masonic Lodge has donated £500 to the Somewhere For Me appeal, run by the West Norfolk Carers (WNC) charity in partnership with the Lynn News.
The generous donation has taken the appeal to almost £2,000, but more help is needed to reach the £10,000 as soon as possible.
The funds will enable WNC to expand its young carers service, which helps children who look after sick or disabled loved ones to have a life outside of their caring role – and the chance to be a child again.
It would provide an extra support group, giving young carers the opportunity to play, socialise and spend time with other children, without their responsibilities overwhelming them.
The service currently helps around 100 young carers aged from just seven to 18, but there are many more on the waiting list for support.
The appeal would also fund additional hours for a young carers support worker, and more one-to-one support.
Terry Gibson, Master of Lynn’s Geoffrey Dicker Masonic Lodge, said the young carers do an “amazing” job and don’t get nearly enough recognition for the work they do.
Each year the Master of the Lodge will choose which local charity he and the Lodge members will support during his year in office, and Mr Gibson chose to support WNC.
He said: “The charity enables young carers to be kids for a change, and to do normal things children do, without them having to worry about everything they have to do at home.”
The Lodge’s Ladies Festival, being held in March with a Las Vagas theme, will also be in aid of the Somewhere For Me appeal.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the appeal can go online to www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click ‘donate’ on the home page.
Alternatively, fill in the coupon opposite.
Anyone wanting to organise a fundraiser in aid of the appeal can contact Lynn News reporter Amy Collett on 01553 817322.