A fundraising breakfast campaign to help local young carers got off to a flippin’ great start this week.
The Carers Trust launched its nationwide annual Britain’s Best Breakfast campaign yesterday – and West Norfolk Carers (WNC) is getting involved to help boost the Lynn News Somewhere for Me appeal.
Families, friends and colleagues are now being urged to raise a (piece of) toast for local young carers and “wake up to caring” by getting together for fundraising fry-ups, pancakes and more.
Helping to launch the month-long October campaign locally this week was Lynn-based marketing firm To The End, which held a pancake breakfast at its offices in Tuesday Market Place.
The company, formerly known as Maze media, donated the ingredients and staff cooked the pancakes, with employers donating money to get tucked in.
Content manager Matt Ware said: “We work with West Norfolk Carers and are aware of the great work they do supporting unpaid carers across the area.
“When we became aware of Britain’s Best Breakfast we decided to get involved and do something to help provide a break for the surprisingly large number of unpaid carers in our area.
“It’s a small thing for us to do but if everyone holds events and donates a little something to the cause we can make a real difference together.”
The Lynn News launched the Somewhere for Me Appeal a fortnight ago and is aiming to raise £10,000 in six months to expand to West Norfolk Carers young carers service.
The service currently helps 90 children aged from just seven to 18 to have a life of their own outside of their caring role, and the chance to be a child again. But the service is oversubscribed and there are even more youngsters are on the waiting list.
The appeal will help fund additional hours for a young carers support worker, provide an extra support group and more one-to-one support.
For more information, and to get involved in Britain’s Best Breakfast, contact West Norfolk Carers on 01553 768155 or e-mail lucy.day@westnorfolk carers.org.uk
Details of the campaign are also available at www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the Somewhere for Me appeal can also fill in the coupon on this page, or go online to the WNC website above and click ‘donate’ on the home page.