THE Carers Trust has been named as the charity of the year for the Co-operative store in North Shields.
The charity, which formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together, will benefit from the store’s staff, members and customers raising much-needed funds.
The money will be used by the charity to tackle feelings of isolation and provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support for 14 to 25-year-olds facing the challenges of caring.
To mark the launch of their fundraising activities, staff ‘tuned’ into a ‘rock around the clock’ theme to acknowledge the 24/7 nature of the challenges facing an estimated 500,000 young people in the UK.
North Shields store manager Michael Jewison said: “The challenge of unpaid caring is an often hidden issue, even though it can affect most families at some time.
“We’re delighted the Carers Trust 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.”
There are an estimated seven million unpaid carers across the UK including around 22,200 in North Tyneside.
This year, The Co-operative’s staff across its businesses hope to raise up to £5m to transform the lives of the UK’s unpaid young adult carers.
People in communities who are more than twice as likely not to be in education, employment or training and many of whom have not taken a break of two days or more since they started caring.