Young carers given well-earned break for day of fun

First published in Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

YOUNG carers were given a much-needed break from their duties last weekend after being treated to a day of fun and frolics in Marlow.

Marlow Rotarians organised the fun day at Holy Trinity School on Saturday as respite for children as young as five who regularly give their time to look after disabled or ill family members.

Around 100 guests turned out in the sunshine for activities including circus skills, a craft tent, sports and a bouncy castle, with Rotarians allowing the youngsters to spend some quality time with their families.

Lance Slater of the Rotary Club of Marlow said: "The day was specifically targeted for young carers, who have such a tremendous burden which many people are unaware of.

"How grateful we must be for the care and dedication they give to family members, which most of us do not suffer in our own families.

"They give everything, often without enough recognition from society. There was a great range of activities for them to do and we were so lucky with the weather."

Rotarians also praised the generosity of teenagers from Great Marlow School and Sir William Borlase's Grammar School, who answered the call for volunteers in large numbers.

Marquees and facilities were provided by holiday club Lighthouse, which runs over the school holidays throughout the area.

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