Hitting the right notes for young carers

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THE Co-operative will hit the right note with unpaid young adult carers after naming The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (PRTCS) as its charity of the year.

The charity, formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together, will benefit from The Co-operative’s ambition to raise £5 million to tackle feelings of isolation and provide breaks, information, advice and support for 14-25 year-old carers.

Staff at the Co-operative food’s distribution depot in Newhouse tuned into a ‘Rock Around the Clock’ theme at the launch of the fundraising drive to acknowledge the 24/7 nature for young people who care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or, have mental health or addiction problems.

Justin Cash, distribution general manager at Newhouse, said: “The challenge of unpaid caring is an often hidden issue, even though it can affect most families at some time.

“We’re delighted that The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland is our charity of the year and, that we have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in our communities who undertake practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.”

For more information visit www.co-operative.coop/charityoftheyear.