Young carers enjoy a day at the aquarium

A group of young carers at Blue Reef Aquarium as a result of fundraising from Prince's Trust volunteers who raised the money to take them.  Carl Thornton with a star fish. GM017069

A group of young carers at Blue Reef Aquarium as a result of fundraising from Prince's Trust volunteers who raised the money to take them. Carl Thornton with a star fish. GM017069

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A group of young carers were given a chance to enjoy some respite with a range of marine creatures.

The 23 youngsters, who all care for a relative, were treated to a day out at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The trip had been partly funded by donations from the Consett and District YMCA in partnership with the Prince’s Trust, who have carried out a series of charity events in recent weeks.

During their visit, the youngsters were given a tour of the attraction and took part in a rockpool encounter.

They also got to visit the aquarium’s colony of seals, including newborn Benji, in their outdoor pool.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “We had been hoping the visit to us would be a welcome respite for the youngsters who were able to just enjoy a fun day out without any worries.

“It’s great to be involved in such a worthwhile cause and hopefully we will be able to cater for more youngsters in similar circumstances in the future.”

The Prince’s Trust delivers a 12-week personal development programme for people aged between 16 to 25.

The main aim of the programme is to assist the young people to gain confidence and learn new skills to seek employment or education.

The young people are all unemployed and many of them have faced different issues and challenges.

The Team Challenge takes place in week 10 of the learning programme. The main objective is to work with a group of people that the young people would not normally come into contact with.