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Markel support Young Carers Awareness Day

Young Carers Awareness Day is a national day of recognition for the 700,000 UK children and young people, under the age of 18, who take on the practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Thousands of young carers are often unidentified and miss out on vital services that they are entitled to. The awareness day was set up to communicate who young carers are, what they do and what they have missed out on their childhoods as a result of their caring role.

How Markel have helped Young Carers

One of the three regional Carers Trust centres that we support is Surrey Young Carers (part of Action for Carers Surrey).

The money which our southern team have raised through various charity fundraising days, plus the company funded £1 per policy (bound online) during 2015, helped fund a day trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for 20 of the Surrey Young Carers.

Sue Skerritt, Young Carer Support Coordinator for the charity said: “Thank you so much for helping us fund the big Harry Potter day in the snow in December for 20 young carers.

Wonderful comments were received from the young carers throughout the day. Here are just a few:

‘Great day out, loved the cinema, monsters, liked the train the best…’ ‘Thought the Hogwarts castle was amazing, and getting to see the original set was really special. It was a really special treat, as don't often get a treat...’ ‘It was a really good break…’”

To find out more about young carers, who they are and what they do visit the Carer’s Trust website or by following @carerstrust on Twitter.