Back to school appeal

Urgent appeal to help children who are carers

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What is it like to be eight years old and looking after a mum, dad, brother or sister who is ill or disabled?

You might come home from school and start the washing up, prepare the evening meal, do the online shop, help dad take his medicine, clean the house, help mum turn your brother, or sit down to pay the bills.

No hanging out with friends, no football club, no Brownies, no Xbox and no watching TV.

Back to school, back to worrying about Dad in lessons, back to being tired and worn outAnd it’s even hard to get time to do homework or revise for exams.

Until now we have helped over 150 children who are carers every year across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. But now this support is at risk.

Exclamation markUnless we can find people, companies and other organisations to help, our support for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children who are carers will stop in early 2024.

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  • Young carers and Mel at Adventure Nene 2023We have organised fun treats and trips out in the school holidays to places like the beach, farms, water parks and outdoor activity centres.
  • We have set up support groups in schools
  • We have provided expert help for the whole family including adult unpaid carers

But sadly the funding we used to receive from BBC Children in Need has stopped as so many charities need their help.

It costs £310 for Caring Together Charity to support a child who looks after someone for a year.

This includes all young carers groups and activities, transport costs if needed (they may live in a rural location), volunteer expenses, work with each family, and expert support from trained and experienced staff.

Please donate today to help make sure children who are carers are supported.

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If you or your organisation could offer more support for our work with young carers please contact Zoe Bunter, our head of fundraising and communications, at [email protected]