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Stratton Parish Council shows support for young carers

We’re constantly amazed at the dedication and creativity of our community fundraisers – and the team at Stratton Parish Council are no exception. After choosing Swindon Carers Centre as their charity of the year, they have raised an amazing £1,503.25 to support young carers in Swindon looking after loved ones.

Our young carers have felt the pressures of Covid-19. For many, it has been difficult to take a break from providing care for parents, siblings, or family members during lockdown.

The money raised by the team at Stratton Parish Council will be used by our Young Carers Team to respond to this increasing need for support, providing equipment and activities to help young carers take time out to look after their own physical and mental health.

They’ve been hard at work fundraising through a great range of events, including a raffle, Christmas fair, and a collection at their Christmas carol concert.

Councillor Robert Jandy, Chairman of Stratton Parish Council, took early retirement last year, and instead of receiving a gift, he asked for a donation to support our young carers.

“Sometimes people don’t realise what it’s like to be a carer, especially a young carer,” Cllr Robert told us. “Many of the caring tasks young carers do, they do it for the love of their parents – and sometimes they don’t even realise that this is what they’re doing.”

Our Service Delivery Manager Debbie Murphy-Myers, said: “The commitment and passion shown by Stratton Parish Council has really been truly amazing. The Young Carer Team cannot thank them enough for their fundraising efforts, particularly as the past seven months has been a difficult time for everyone.

“The money fundraised will help hugely to support young carers, aged 5 – 18 years, and provide vital respite and time away from their caring responsibilities through a programme of both face-to-face and virtual activities.”

This year, Stratton Parish Council are continuing their support. They are rising to the challenge of fundraising during Covid-19, starting with a virtual Christmas market.

Cllr Robert said: “Really it’s a license to be creative, to think about how we can fundraise in different ways. We have an amazing team of people at Stratton Parish Council, in terms of officers and councillors. Everyone is really pitching in and helping where they can. What has been brought out during Covid-19 is that community spirit, that’s been really heart-warming.”