Tideway students raise cash for young carers

YOUNG carers were given a boost by pupils from Tideway School in Newhaven who raised £700 by completing a sponsored walk.

Charity Care for the Carers, which will benefit from the money, announced the great total this week.

To haul in the cash, students made their way from their school in Southdown Road to the Martello Tower in Seaford and back again.

Young carers school liaison worker Fiona Guyton said: “This is an amazing show of generosity from Tideway School and it is great to see Tideway being aware of the needs of young carers.”

The money will go towards supporting young carer school support groups, which give people practical information and support.

This helps them to balance caring responsibilities with their education and the opportunity to meet other young people in similar situations.

The sponsored walk is organised each year by the school to help support national children’s charities.

But after an assembly given by Care for the Carers, students and staff decided to help the charity, which is based in Eastbourne.

The walk took place in September and saw 93 per cent of students take part.

Assistant head teacher Newnham Reeve said: “If the money raised by the school can help children relax, enjoy and forget about their troubles, it is well worth it.”

Lewes district has more than 9,500 unpaid carers, while in Wealden district there are almost 14,500.

For more information about the charity visit www.cftc.org.uk.