Carers go to festival for some respite

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YOUNG carers took part in a weekend of music, arts and activities at a festival designed to give them respite from their daily duties.

Carers from the charity Kids in Fareham and Gosport went along to the biggest ever national festival of its kind.

Thousands of others attended the 14th annual Young Carer’s Festival in Curdridge.

The festival is organised by YMCA Fairthorne Manor and The Children’s Society.

Last month, new census data revealed that 166,000 children in England are caring for their parents, siblings and family members.

The Children’s Society’s chief executive, Matthew Reed, said: ‘We know from experience that caring can cost children dearly. It is vital that young carers are given the support they desperately need and the chance to enjoy a break from their responsibilities at home. All children must be allowed to thrive and enjoy their childhoods.’

Kimberly Garrad, from Kids said: ‘We had an amazing time. It was a rare chance for many of our young carers to enjoy a much-needed break.’