Oswestry Co-op store in tune with carers

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STAFF at The Co-operative food store in Victoria Road, Oswestry hit the right note with unpaid young adult carers last week as it launched a ‘record’ breaking year of fundraising for its new Charity of the Year, Carers Trust.

The charity – which formed last year when the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together – will benefit from The Co-operative’s staff, members and customers raising much-needed money to tackle feelings of isolation and provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support for 14-25-year-olds facing the challenges of caring.

To mark the launch, staff are tuning into a ‘Rock Around the Clock’ theme – an acknowledgement to the 24/7 nature of the challenges facing an estimated 500,000 young people, across the UK, who care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or, have mental health or addiction problems.

Matt Lee, manager of the Oswestry Co-operative Food store said: “The challenges of unpaid caring is an often hidden issue even though it can affect most families at some time. We’re delighted that Carers Trust is our Charity of the Year and, that we have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in our communities who undertake practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.”

The fundraiser last Thursday raised £502.75p.

For more information visit www.co-operative.coop/charityoftheyear

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