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Donate now! Support young carers through the Richmond upon Thames Voluntary Fund

13 March 2023

There are over one thousand young people in Richmond upon Thames who care for members of their family, often at a cost to their education, social development and mental wellbeing.

The Richmond Voluntary Fund (Registered Charity No. 1186870) is launching its fourth annual appeal, with all funds raised going to local charities supporting young carers and offering respite from their daily responsibilities.

Cllr Penny Frost, Chair of Richmond Council’s Education and Children’s Service Committee, and trustee of the Fund, said:

“The responsibilities that come with caring for others, whether a parent or sibling, is a huge challenge for young people. It significantly impacts their daily lives, their wellbeing, and their future. There are an estimated 800,000 young carers in the UK, some as young as five, and around 27% between the ages of 11 and 15 miss school due to their care responsibilities*.

“Our young carers require support and respite to help them overcome these challenges, lead fulfilling lives and remain at the heart of their families.”

Hear more from Cllr Penny Frost.

This year, the Fund’s trustees have chosen three charities that are committed to improving the wellbeing of young carers in the borough and ensuring they have the support to thrive. They are Crossroads Care, River Thames Boat Project and Richmond Carers Centre.

Gillian Norton OBE DL, Chair of the Richmond Voluntary Fund, said:

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of residents in Richmond Upon Thames, as we raised over £75,000 for the four charities last year. The Voluntary Fund is a great way for those who want, and are able, to make a real difference to people in our community with the greatest need. I want to thank all those who have donated to the last three appeals and to those who will donate this year.”

This year’s appeal is launching during the week of Young Carer’s Action Day (15 March).

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