A grand day out for young carers in Crawley

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093858001

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093858001

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A group of young carers were treated to a day at the funfair to give them a break from their usual routine.

The youngsters were given the VIP treatment at Hammond’s Carnival Funfair, which was pitched at Southgate Playing Fields last week.

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093718001
Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093718001

Hammond’s spokesman Desmond FitzGerald said the day out was organised with help from Crawley Lions and staff from West Sussex County Council.

Some 50 young people aged 12-20 were invited to enjoy the rides for free – a treat Hammond’s plans to repeat every year.

According to the county council, there are estimated to be 1,570 children and young people in West Sussex who help to care for a relative who has a long-term illness or disability.

Mr FitzGerlad, who took these pictures, added: “We got involved with the carnival and running the fair for Crawley people and it’s really nice to be able to entertain other people who don’t often get the chance.

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093817001
Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093817001

“These people are very deserving because they are in a situation where they don’t often get time to themselves.”

The young carers made the most of the rides during their visit on Thursday (May 29) and were lucky enough to enjoy better weather than the torrential rain which had dampened the carnival a few days earlier.

Accompanying them were members of the county council’s youth service, including Cherry Harris, of the youth support development service, Sarah Holley, from the young carers team, and youth worker Chris Cook, who is also a member of Crawley Lions.

Mr FitzGerald added: “They all really enjoyed themselves and it was nice to be able to do that for them.

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093832001
Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093832001

“We’re looking to do this on an annual basis – it’s something we definitely want to continue.”

Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093845001
Young carers from Crawley enjoy a day at the fair SUS-140306-093845001
 

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