11 December 2014
Principality brings Christmas to young carers
Christmas came early to young carers from Pembrokeshire when Principality Building Society treated them to a special party at Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo.
Around 60 children from Pembrokeshire Young Carers and their families enjoyed vintage fairground rides and a Santa’s grotto before a special magic show, which was all put on by Wales’ largest building society.
One of the young carers Euan, aged 13 from Haverfordwest, said: “I think the party has been absolutely brilliant. We don’t get to go out much as a family because my mum is ill so thank you Principality as it has meant that we are able to go out together.”
Earlier this year Pembrokeshire Young Carers were crowned as the winners of Principality’s Community Vote, heading off competition from hundreds of entrants to receive a £5,000 prize and the Christmas party.
Sadie, aged nine from Pembroke Dock, helps care for her mother too, she said: “The party was absolutely fantastic. I really enjoyed the sweets and the rides. If we hadn’t won Principality’s competition this year it would have been boring but I have really enjoyed this year because all the trips have been really fun.”
The service offers support, information and fun activities for young carers aged eight to 25 years old who live in Pembrokeshire. Over the year they have used the money to take the young carers on day trips to places including Oakwood Theme Park, as well as run art workshops, music workshops and more, giving them a break from their everyday caring roles and an opportunity to enjoy the activities that young people often take for granted.
Liz Moss, Principality’s Haverfordwest branch manager, said: “Pembrokeshire Young Carers have been very deserving winners of Principality’s Community Vote 2014 and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with them throughout 2014.
“These young people are incredible, many of them are just children themselves, and yet they also give up their spare time to care for a loved one. We hope that the money they won and the Christmas party has helped them to have some well-deserved breaks this year. Although the year is over we shall certainly be continuing to work with them through our local branches for some time to come.”
Charlotte Phillips, service co-ordinator for Pembrokeshire Young Carers, said: “The Principality Community Vote has meant so much to Pembrokeshire Young Carers as we have been able to do so much with the young carers that otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to do. It has enriched their lives so much and it has been a pleasure to work with all the staff at Principality Building Society."