Lewes friends defy exhaustion in charity table tennis marathon

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Three friends from Lewes have raised more than £2,000 in support of young carers in East Sussex.

Dexter Sherin, Hal Knox and Tom Cooklin, all aged 12, played table tennis non-stop for 12 hours to raise money for Care for the Carers.

Between the three of them they managed to keep the ball in the air the whole night!

Claire Durrant, Dexter’s mum, said: “It was very difficult, especially between 5am and 7am, when they were exhausted. But with lots of team work, chocolate and sweets to keep them awake, they did it! I’m so proud of them for taking on this challenge and raising so much for young carers.”

After the marathon session, Dexter explained why he had decided to support young carers. He said: “We chose to raise money for young carers because the money will go to young people like us who live locally but who don’t have the same opportunities to play sport and go out with their friends because they have to care for someone in their family. It made us think about how lucky we are.”

Cheryl Butler, Young Carers Manager at Care for the Carers, said: “It’s fantastic that Dexter, Hal and Tom chose to support young carers.

“The money they have raised will give several young carers the chance to go to the Young Carers’ Festival in Southampton where they will have the opportunity to experience various activities throughout the weekend and meet other young carers from around the country. For many this will be the only break away they get.”

Care for the Carers helps families to get support in order to reduce young carers’ responsibilities. As well as clubs and activities, young people can speak to a support worker about any worries or problems.

“The charity is seeking support from the local community to maintain clubs, activities and schools work – if you can help by volunteering, fundraising or making a donation, they would love to hear from you.”

Care for the Carers is the carers’ centre for East Sussex, providing information, advice and support to anyone in East Sussex who looks after a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without their help. If you are an unpaid carer, or can support the charity, find out more at www.cftc.org.uk or by calling 01323 738 390.