Young carers will be given a well-deserved treat to get them into the festive spirit tonight – thanks to Lynn Lions.
A total of 25 young carers are off to see the Robin Hood pantomime at Lynn Corn Exchange this evening after the charitable community group donated tickets to the show.
Lions welfare chairman, Mike Thompson, said members like to help a local good cause every Christmas, such as organising a Christmas party for a group or festive lunch for the elderly.
“We usually do something like this at this time of year, and have helped various types of people and groups over the years,” he said.
“This year we decided we’d like to help the younger ones, and chose young carers as they do such an amazing job.
“The West Norfolk Carers (WNC) which helps them is also a fantastic organisation, which manages to achieve so much.”
Lions members will get to meet the youngsters before the start of tonight’s panto, which they will be watching with WNC’s young carers support worker Emma Kandjou.
She said: “The carers have been really excited about coming to see the panto.
“It will give them a chance to see their friends and get into the festive spirit, and forget about their caring responsibilities for a while.”
Thanking the Lions, she added: “Being able to do things like this means so much to the carers. We can’t thank the Lynn Lions enough.”
Lynn News readers can also help young carers at Christmas by makinjg a donation to our £10,000 Somewhere For Me appeal, run in partnership with WNC.
The appeal will help give more young carers in West Norfolk 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.
Anyone wanting to hold a fundraiser in aid of the appeal can contact Lynn News reporter Amy Collett on 01553 817322 for free publicity before and after the event.