Young carers are given a day out as a break from life supporting family

Jess Thomson comes face-to-face with an owl
Jess Thomson comes face-to-face with an owl

A GROUP of young carers were treated to a day out as part of National Carers Week.

The half a dozen youngsters - including Jess Thomson (pictured) all care for a friend or loved one.

So, as a thank you for their hard work, the the Hastings-based Association of Carers arranged for a day at Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham.

There they enjoyed hours of fun spent go-cart racing, rowing, sliding, bungee trampolining, paintballing and a game of lazer quest.

They also watched a bird of prey display at the park and visited the farm animals.

Jo Oliver, spokesman for the charity, said the carers deserved a day out as a reward for all their hard work. She said: “None of this would have been possible without the generosity of public donations and special thanks must go to the late Vera Mison from Eastbourne who asked for money to be given in her memory to the young carers to have a fun day out and to Seaport Engineering Ltd.

“Without these two large donations and the help and support of the young carers’ volunteer befrienders this would not have been such a lovely day, we are so grateful.”

The charity is in desperate need of more befriending volunteers to help support young carers. The role involves taking out a young carer at the weekend and for more information call 01424 722309 or visit www.associationofcarers.org.uk.