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Fun packed event to give young carers a break

Young people who care for someone with a mental health condition will be given the chance to enjoy the thrills and spills of Pleasurewood Hills during a fun-packed day out organised to give them a break from their caring roles.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has arranged for around 100 carers aged between 11 and 18 to visit the Lowestoft theme park on Friday (2 June) to take some time out and socialise with others in a similar position.

The group, who come from across Norfolk and Suffolk, will also be given the chance to find out more about how to look after their own health, such as by eating a balanced diet, taking exercise and visiting the dentist regularly.

The event, which is called ‘Reach for the Sky’, has been supported by Feedback, which is a service user-led forum in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. A variety of carers groups and local businesses have also donated refreshments to keep the group fuelled up during the day.

“We are really grateful to Pleasurewood Hills for so generously waiving the entry fee for this group, and to all of the businesses and individuals who have supported the project so far,” said Howard Tidman, a Senior Practitioner with Acute Services who is based in Great Yarmouth. "We would also like to thank Feedback and Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Young Carers for their invaluable help in arranging the event.

“These young people face a lot of responsibility in their role as carers, which they have to juggle alongside school work and other commitments. We wanted to give them the opportunity to have fun, socialise with others and enjoy the rides at the theme park.

“We will also be providing lots of information encouraging the young people to look after their own health by visiting the dentist and eating well, for example, as often they will prioritise the health of the person they are caring for above their own.

“Above all, we hope that everyone who comes along has fun and enjoys the thrills and spills on offer at Pleasurewood Hills.”