Young carers take chance to savour great outdoors


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A WEEK-long residential outward bound course for young carers has been organised by a Chester-based bank.

M&S Bank, on Chester Business Park, has  worked with the charity Cheshire Young Carers to arrange the experience for 23 young people who provide daily care for a family member with an illness or disability.

Employees from M&S Bank mentored and supported the young carers throughout the week, which took place at The Outward Bound Trust Centre in Aberdovey on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

The firm donated financial support for the event.

As part of the getaway, young carers were able to take part in a variety of exciting and dynamic activities, including climbing, kayaking and gorge scrambling, helping them develop team-building skills.

M&S Bank and Cheshire Young Carers work closely together on a range of projects and, in addition to fundraising, employees regularly volunteer their time to working directly with the young carers, delivering weekly programmes of activity organised by the charity.

Lindsay Weaver, Cheshire Young Carers chief executive, said: “The young carers benefited hugely from the diverse range of activities on the residential  week and we had the pleasure of seeing them develop confidence in their own abilities and also make great friendships.

“They left the week feeling a great sense of achievement. We’re incredibly proud of them and they should be extremely proud of themselves too.

“M&S Bank has not only raised a fantastic amount of money over the past few years, but employees have also committed a great deal of time to mentoring our carers.

This has been invaluable in helping to build their self-esteem and confidence.”Sue Fox, CEO of M&S Bank, said: “Cheshire Young Carers is an excellent organisation and we’ve worked closely with them for a number of years.

“We’re pleased that, through The Outward Bound Trust we’ve been able to give something back to such deserving young people in the community. Knowing they enjoyed the experience and took away new skills and improved confidence is fantastic. Our employees really benefit from seeing young carers grow in confidence through the time they spend with them.”

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