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Mayor celebrates role of young carers at King's Lynn event



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The vital work of West Norfolk’s young carers was recognised in Lynn last night.

The pink, blue and green colours of the West Norfolk Young Carers group were projected onto the Corn Exchange to mark Young Carers Action Day.

Inside, borough mayor and mayoress Harry and Brenda Humphrey met a group of young carers supported by the organisation, which is one of his nominated charities.

The Corn Exchange was lit up on Wednesday evening for Carers Day. (55509353)
The Corn Exchange was lit up on Wednesday evening for Carers Day. (55509353)

Mr Humphrey said: “West Norfolk Young Carers is one of my charities of my year, as I recognise the important and essential role that young carers fulfil, providing care to their own family or friends or in their local community.

“I thank them and all young carers for what they do.”

Sam Sandell, the authority's cabinet member for people and communities, said: “Young carers don’t always realise that they are a young carer, if a child or young person is helping with medication, cooking, cleaning, or helping to dress a family member then they are a young carer.

West Norfolk Carers with Borough mayor and mayoress, Harry and Brenda Humphrey. (55509355)
West Norfolk Carers with Borough mayor and mayoress, Harry and Brenda Humphrey. (55509355)

“It is vital that young carers are supported to look after their own health and wellbeing.

“Caring impacts on all aspects of a young carers life, relationships, health, school and many carers may feel lonely or isolated as it is not something that is widely talked about.

“I’m pleased that we can raise awareness of our West Norfolk group by lighting up the Alive Corn Exchange.”

Jackie Haverson, from the group, said they are currently supporting more than 200 youngsters in what she described as “active cases”.

She added: “We are very pleased and grateful the Mayor has recognised our charity this year and is working with us to raise awareness about the needs of young carers.”

Support for young carers and their families is available at youngcarersmatternorfolk.org.



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