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YOUNG people, who act as carers for family members who are ill or in need of care, are hoping local businesses can help them with sponsorship for a fundraising summer event they are organising.

Members of Crossroads Care for Young Carers in Fenland are holding a family fun day on August 11 at the Neale-Wade Community College in March from 10am to 2pm and need help to cover the cost of attractions such as a bouncy castle, a range of games and competitions and some children’s rides.

The traditional fete-style event, which is themed on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics, includes stalls and rides, a raffle and a fun run.

Businesses able to help will be able to advertise themselves on the day. Sponsorship for the attractions starts at £30 up to £75 but any offer of help is welcome.

The young carers often cook, clean, shop as well as provide nursing and personal care to family members who are ill, disabled, have mental health problems or have misused drugs or alcohol.

Young carers can find themselves giving up to 50 care hours a week and often they miss out on the opportunities that other children of their own age take for granted.

Young carers are sometimes bullied for being different, they can become isolated and don’t always get the chance to enjoy a normal childhood.

Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire supports 64 young carers across Fenland with groups once a fortnight which gives them a chance to have fun, mix with others in the same situation and have a break from their caring responsibilities.

There is only a limited amount of funding to support young carers groups in Wisbech, March and Whittlesey.

Young carers want access to more positive activities to boost their image among their peers and to help identify new young carers.

As a result, they are holding the family fun day to raise their profile and awareness and also raise money to enable them to have access to positive activities.

If you can help the young people in any way, contact group leader Debbie King on 074321 28630 or Pauline Mason (group worker) on 074321 28629. Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire Fenland Young Carers Project is based at Queens Street in March.