Carers Trust Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Launch Cash Quest for Young Carers

3rd May 17

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has launched a major Cash Quest challenge to businesses, schools, groups and individuals to raise funds in support of its brilliant young carers who support loved ones.

The challenge invites teams to turn £50 into as much money as possible. The £50 stake will be given to each team by the charity, having been donated by sponsors. Teams can hold a major event or several small ones and the challenge will run from 13 June until 21 September.

Dr Helen Brown, CEO of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, said: “We want to let people know now about the Cash Quest for Young Carers challenge now so they can get their teams together ready for the launch on 13 June.

“It’s up to them what they do, they can be as innovative, creative and adventurous as they wish, and it would be great if they could raise at least £500, but there is no minimum target, only the requirement that they return their £50 stake to us in the end.”

Winners of Cash Quest 2017 will be presented with awards in the following categories:

  • Most money raised by a team of under 25-year-olds
  • Most money raised by a team of any ages
  • Most innovative idea
  • Outstanding teamwork

Dr Brown added: “The money raised will help young carers across the region who do an amazing job looking after parents, brothers or sisters. Caring can be tough. It takes time. It can be stressful. You would be helping us provide them with more support, trips and groups. This gives them a break, it gives them someone else to listen to their worries. We currently support over 500 young carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk and the majority of this work is carried out through charitable funding.

“We hope that dozens of teams in the region will take up the challenge. We want to be able to make a difference to the lives of more young carers and make a bigger impact for those we already support. We hope people will spread the word amongst their friends and colleagues and get a team together.”

Josie, 11, and Jamie Higginson, 9, of St Ives, are two young carers supported by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. The young brother and sister help care for siblings Amelie and Phoebe, who are triplets with Jamie and severely disabled, helping feed their sisters and assisting their parents on family outings.

An online entry form is available on our website.

This is how funds are used to support young carers:

  • £15 could give a young carer precious time for themselves to relax with others who understand.
  • £20 could go towards palliative care to help the whole family be as normal as possible in a difficult situation – often social services will not be able to respond quickly enough in these situations.
  • £50 could go towards running a creative therapy sessions for young carers to help them express themselves creatively and share their experiences with others who are in a similar situation.

For further information contact Kate Bement on [email protected] or phone 01480 499090.

Also please get in touch if you are a young carer and would like to know how we can support you.

Pictured are Josie and Jamie in their young carers’ role with Phoebe and Millie water using syringes via their gastrostomy.