MEMBERS of Harrogate Ladies’ Circle have lit up the lives of children in the community in more ways than one.
The group raised £1,866 from the sale of glowsticks at the giant bonfire on the Stray last November, and have donated the money to The Carers’ Resource, a Yorkshire charity which supports the county’s growing number of unpaid carers.
The funds, which will be specifically used to help young carers across Harrogate and Ripon, were handed over as the charity celebrated Carers’ Week, one of its major focal points of the year.
Founding director Anne Smyth said: “We are very grateful to members of Harrogate Ladies’ Circle for helping us to expand the range of specialist support we provide to some of our community’s very youngest carers.
“Carers’ Week is an opportunity to highlight how hard life can be for carers, both young and old, and to explore new ways in which we can make a positive difference to their lives.
“This year’s theme is The True Face of Carers and there is no shortage of examples in our district of why so many people need help, information and guidance that charities like ours provide.
“For children in particular, it can be a demanding and stressful role for someone so young.
“Many show strength and responsibility way beyond their years and are an inspiration to the wider community of what can be achieved.
“We are determined to help young carers as much as possible and this donation will enable us to reach out into the heart of their community in new ways.