Young people caring for family members have been given a helping hand of almost £1,300 thanks to the generosity of Drusillas Park.
The company has handed a cheque for £1,297.66 to its charity of the year, Care for the Carers.
The donation was presented to Young Carers’ manager Cheryl Butler when she visited the zoo to collect the cheque from managing director Christine Smith.
Care for the Carers offers invaluable support to some of the most challenged young people in our community.
The Young Carers team work with eight to 19 year olds who provide substantial physical or emotional care for a member of their family.
The service offers one-to-one support, as well as activities, clubs and trips which allow the children to have a break from their responsibilities and enjoy being young.
Throughout 2012, Care for the Carers had an ongoing presence at Drusillas with collecting tins in the retail outlets as well as a permanent display cabinet at the Park.
Serval cat Kariba was chosen by Care for the Carers to represent them at the zoo with 20 per cent of any adoption proceeds for her donated to the charity.
Drusillas also undertook fundraising on behalf of the charity, with money collected during a staff quiz night and donated by customers at the new Winter Wonderland attraction at Christmas.
Mrs Butler said: “We are extremely grateful to Drusillas for their support over the past year.
“The funds raised will enable several young carers to attend the young carers’ festival in Southampton.
“The young carers 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.”
Mrs Smith said each year Drusillas Park supports a cause dedicated to the welfare of children and in 2013 the zoo has chosen Variety the children’s charity as their official Charity of the Year.
She added: “Drusillas was delighted to support Care for the Carers during 2012 and to help raise valuable funds for this extremely worthwhile charity.”
Drusillas Park is located just off the A27, and is open from 10am daily.
For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website at www.drusillas.co.uk