Helping to give young carers a break from responsibilites beyond their years are the Foresters Friendly Society, in Dersingham.
The group, which dates back almost 150 years, has shown its support for West Norfolk’s young carers by donating £200 to the Lynn News’ Somewhere For Me appeal.
The appeal, run in partnership with the West Norfolk Carers (WNC) charity, is aiming to raise £10,000 to expand the charity’s young carers support groups.
The groups help support carers as young as seven-years-old who look after a family member with a disability, illness, mental health condition or drug or alcohol problem. They enable youngsters to have a life of their own outside of caring, and the chance to be a child again.
But the groups are oversubscribed and there are even more children on a waiting list to receive the vital support.
The Foresters Friendly Society decided to help after one of its members heard about the appeal and mentioned it at a group meeting.
Member Glenys Massey said they decided to hold their annual soup and roll event in February in aid of the cause, and £200 was raised.
“We do two charity events a year, one for a national charity and one for a local charity, and this year we decided to do our soup and roll event for the young carers,” she said.
“A lot of young carers worry about things which children shouldn’t have to worry about; they have so much on their shoulders.
“The appeal will help them to enjoy as normal a childhood as possible.”
Anyone wanting to support the Somewhere For Me appeal can visit www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk and click ‘donate’ or fill in the coupon opposite.
If you’re organising a fundraising event in aid of the appeal you can also contact Lynn News reporter Amy Collett for publicity before and after the event on 01553 817322.