35 Worthing area young carers had a ‘Wicked’ time in London recently thanks to members of Worthing Golf Club. The Worthing young carers group, offered a trip, chose to see either Wicked or Billy Elliot. On going to a vote, the top musical Wicked won.
Worthing golfers covered the cost with donations from Worthing golfers, who chose the group as their fundraising appeal for the year. The group travelled up by train, saw the show and enjoyed an ice-cream during the interval, and had a meal before travelling home again.
As an added bonus, they met stars from ‘The X Factor’ at the theatre and had their pictures taken with them.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “My thanks to Worthing Golf Club for their fundraising. Thanks to them, the group of young carers were able to have a fun day out and forget about their responsibilities for a short time.
“Young carers play a vital role in supporting their family, but it can impact on their life and school. With support from the County Council’s Young Carers Team, they can help get the right balance in their life and also meet and chat to other young carers who are all experiencing the same challenges.”
Caroline Nicholls, Lady Captain at Worthing Golf Club, said: “We choose a fundraising appeal every year at the club – and members have been very keen to support Worthing’s young carers with a fund that will enable them to have happy times and happy memories. This trip is just one of a number of opportunities we aim to help them with.”
Young carers take on responsibilities at homes because someone in their family is disabled or has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to drugs or alcohol.