When West Norfolk Carers was unable to fulfil a festive tradition of a panto visit due to a lack of funds, the Lynn Lions stepped into help.
It donated tickets to see Robin Hood at Lynn Corn Exchange – enabling all 25 young carers who wanted to go the chance to see it.
The youngsters enjoyed time out from their demanding roles at home looking after loved ones to see the show.
Emma Kandjou, a young carers support worker at West Norfolk Carers (WNC), said the event really made a difference to the youngsters, who can struggle to cope with the extra responsibilities Christmas brings.
She said: “The pantomime was a huge success. It was great to see all the young carers enjoying themselves singing and dancing along.
“It brings so much laughter and raises all their sprits over the festive break. What made it even better was the fact we were so close to the front of the stage this year, which made it extra special for them.”
She added: “We are very grateful to Lions club for donating tickets this year.
“We had a number of young carers asking throughout the year if we were going to the pantomime, but due to lack of funds we wouldn’t have been able to provide them with the opportunity to go. This generous donation really made a difference to the group.”
Lynn Lions welfare chairman, Mike Thompson, said the club likes to help a local good cause every Christmas.
“We chose the young carers as they do such an amazing job,” he said. “The West Norfolk Carers charity is also a fantastic organisation, which manages to achieve so much.”
As the New Year gets off to a fresh start, Lynn News readers can also help give young carers a boost by making a donation to our Somewhere For Me appeal. The appeal will help give more young carers a place to turn to when they need support. It will fund an extra young carers support group, where youngsters can go for a break, and take part in activities with children who have similar experiences, as well as more one-to-one support.
To make a donation, fill in and follow the instructions on the coupon opposite, or go online to www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click on the ‘donate’ button.