Young carers see furry zoo animals

Young carers during a day trip out to Drusillas Zoo.
Young carers during a day trip out to Drusillas Zoo.
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FURRY animals at Drusillas Zoo were admired by a group of excited young carers during a thrilling day trip out to Drusillas Zoo.

The visit was organised between the zoo and Care for the Carers in Sussex on September 8.

Resident meerkats, penguins and otters all met the 25 youngsters and there were other animals encounters in Lory Landing and Lemurland. Afterwards the children let off steam in the zoo’s large adventure play area.

Laurence Smith, managing director of Drusillas Zoo, said: “As an attraction enjoyed by many young families, each year it is important to us to support a local charity dedicated to the welfare of children.

“We are very proud to have Care for the Carers as our Charity of the Year for 2012 and are delighted to be able to provide a fun day out at the zoo for some of our community’s most challenged young people.”

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.

Cheryl Butler, manager for Young Carers, believed the day out was a much-needed boost for the young folk.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to Drusillas for their support.

“We desperately need funding for the continuation of young carers clubs and activities so their support is invaluable.”

The trip is just one way in which Drusillas is supporting the charity in 2012.

Care for the Carers has an ongoing presence at the zoo, with collecting tins in the retail and catering outlets.

Serval Kariba has also been chosen by the charity to represent them, with 20 per cent of any adoption proceeds for her donated to the cause.

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