In February West Mercia charity YSS took 13 young carers to watch a performance of the Dickens classic, Great Expectations, at Malvern Theatres.

The 2011 census showed that there are estimated to be 3,490 people in Worcestershire alone who recognise themselves as having a caring role at home. YSS has been delivering Worcestershire Young Carers since 2003 and currently supports more than 400 young carers every year.

Keen to support the charity Catherine Norris, Trusts and Foundation Officer at Malvern Theatres, organised the trip, whilst the tickets were kindly paid for by the Patrick Trust.

Worcestershire Young Carers keyworkers David King and Lucy Buckland attended the performance, and said: “It was a brilliant day out. Great Expectations is a real classic and we were really pleased to be able to take our young carers to experience the show. They all had a great time and were really grateful for the experience!”

Lorraine Preece, Chief Executive at YSS, said: “We are thrilled to be supported once again by the brilliant Malvern Theatres. The generous group has kindly donated tickets for our young carers to enjoy performances in the past, and has even offered 20 places to join a Jungle Books arts and theatre workshop, taking place during the Easter holiday.

“Activities like these are vitally important in giving young carers the chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities, to socialise with their peers and have some fun.”

If you’d like to support young carers in Worcestershire please donate today by clicking here. Your support will help us to pay for the cost of hiring a minibus to take young carers to the seaside this summer.