Sponsored walk at Cotswold Farm Park will help young carers

North Cotswolds Rotary Club and Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park have joined forces to organise a sponsored walk for charity on 18th August. The walk is in aid of a very worthwhile local charity – Carers Gloucestershire, and specifically for their new project targeting Young Adult Carers, especially those in the Cotswolds.

The walk will start and finish in the lovely grounds of the Cotswold Farm Park. Registration will be from 4pm, and walks of approximately two or four miles will start at 4.30pm on 18th August. The cost of entry is £5 a head, with all under twelve-year-olds going free. The purpose is to raise as much money as possible to support the Young Adult Carers Project run by Carers Gloucestershire, and to have fun at the same time. This is a family friendly event, and the organisers want as many people as possible to take part – not only will you have fun but you will also be helping others who desperately need your help. And afterwards, from about 5.30pm onwards, there will be a barbecue available at a very modest cost.

If you would like to increase the value of your charitable contribution to the Adult Young Carers Project and you can raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship, then your personal entry fee of £5 will be waived. Your sponsorship money will go directly to helping the many young adult carers in Gloucestershire who need support.

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Research shows that caring for a family member can have a huge impact on a young adult carer’s health, wellbeing and education, and the Young Adult Carers Project is targeting carers aged 16-25, a group twice as likely to be not in education, employment or training. Indeed, many young adult carers provide 50 hours or more of care each week which has a huge impact on their lives. A recent Gloucestershire County Council survey identified 2450 Young Adult Carers (aged 16-24) in the county, though the number is probably much higher, and within the Cotswolds it is estimated that there are more than 280 Young Adult Carers. Carers Gloucestershire have put together a project specifically aimed at supporting young adult carers in the county, the budget for which is £68,000 over an 18-month period. They have received a grant from the Carers Trust, but they still have a shortfall of £26,000 for the project.

Organising this event on behalf of Rotary, Graham Ogden said: “North Cotswolds Rotary Club and Cotswold Farm Park hope that this sponsored walk will raise a significant amount to support young adult carers in the Cotswolds and the wider county. Please come along and enjoy a gentle walk in the area of the beautiful Cotswold Farm Park. It should be great fun, and you will also be helping a very worthwhile local charity. We are very grateful to Adam Henson for allowing us to hold this event within the Farm Park, an excellent venue for an evening walk and an optional barbeque to follow.”

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