A group of 35 young carers from the Worthing area had a ‘Wicked’ time in London recently, when they went on a trip to the top musical thanks to members at Worthing Golf Club.
The Worthing young carers group were asked to think about a trip they would like to go to. They discussed ideas and narrowed it down to a trip to see either Wicked or Billy Elliot. On going to a vote, Wicked emerged as the winner.
The cost of the trip for the young carers was covered by donations from Worthing golfers, who chose the group as their fundraising appeal for the year. It enabled them to travel up by train, see the show and enjoy an ice-cream during the interval, and have a meal before travelling home again.
As an added bonus, they met stars from ‘The X Factor’ at the theatre and were able to have their pictures taken with them.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “My thanks to Worthing Golf Club for their fund raising. Thanks to them, the group of young carers were able to have a fun day out and forget about their responsibilities for a short time.
“Young carers play a vital role in supporting their family, but it can impact on their life and school. With support from the County Council’s Young Carers Team, they can help get the right balance in their life and also meet and chat to other young carers who are all experiencing the same challenges.”
Caroline Nicholls, Lady Captain at Worthing Golf Club, said: “We choose a fundraising appeal every year at the club – and members have been very keen to support Worthing’s young carers with a fund that will enable them to have happy times and happy memories. This trip is just one of a number of opportunities we aim to help them with.”
Young carers take on responsibilities at homes because someone in their family is disabled or has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to drugs or alcohol.
The Young Carers Team meets with young carers referred to them to discuss their needs and can develop a support plan. They can also help young carers access activities and clubs in their local area so they can get a regular break from caring.