Co-op raises £5m for young carers

Staff at the Co-operative have raised £5 million this year to help provide support, including much-needed breaks, for unpaid young adult carers.

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Fundraising events have been held across the country in aid of the Co-op's charity of the year, Carers Trust, including mountain climbing, sky-diving and marathon running

Staff at the Co-operative have raised £5 million this year to help provide support, including much-needed breaks, for unpaid young adult carers.

Fundraising events have been held across the country in aid of the Co-op's charity of the year, Carers Trust, including mountain climbing, sky-diving and marathon running.

There are an estimated half a million 14 to 25-year-olds who care for a family member or friend suffering from illness, disability or mental health problems.

Carers Trust chief executive Thea Stein said: "I continue to be overwhelmed by our partnership with the Co-operative.

"The money raised is already making a difference, with young people across the country telling us how thrilled they are that this hidden issue is now being recognised."

Michael Fairclough, of the Co-operative Group, said: "There are young people in our communities taking on incredible levels of practical and emotional caring responsibilities, often at the expense of their own schooling and further education, who desperately need our support."