A group of young Solihull carers have raised £11,000 so they could go on a well-deserved holiday – an opportunity they would not usually have.
Solihull Carers Centre provides support to carers of all ages in Solihull. The young carers team support children from five years old, whose lives are affected by caring for someone at home with sickness, illness or disability.
The 12 young carers, who were not likely to have the opportunity to experience a skiing holiday or had even been abroad before were selected to go skiing in the Austrian Alps for one week.
The youngsters spent 12 months raising and applying for funds and managed to raise enough cash through donations from Santander, Solihull Council, Solihull Land Rover, The Mayor’s Fund, a fundraising event at The Purple Rooms Indian restaurant, and by carrying out bag packs in local Tesco and Sainsbury stores.
The team went on their adventure at the end of March and took part in a slalom race where they all received gold medals.
One young carer said: “It was amazing, the best holiday I ever had.”
Gina Ward, manager of the team, added: “Young carers are the hidden heroes of our community who need time out from caring, to have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. To invest their precious time in raising funds showed us how important this opportunity was to them.
“It was a wonderful to share the experience with them, to see their faces, share the triumphs and tears when they worried about how their loved ones would cope without them.” The organisation aims to hold these experiences every year for young carers.
If you would like to find out more about Solihull Carers Centre or would like to donate or help fundraise for the next experience, you can contact the team by calling 0121-7881143.