We are delighted to announce that ‘KYC’ Kernow Young Carers have been selected by the players as our Chosen Charity for the 2016/17 season.
An Action for Children project, Kernow Young Carers is committed to working with children and young people to make the caring role a more positive experience by offering support, information and guidance, activities and trips, short breaks, school groups, training and educational sessions, plus local young carers forums.
At present the service supports over 850 young carers in Cornwall.
Speaking on behalf of the players, No. 8 Tom Duncan said: “Whilst there are so many valuable and worthwhile charities about, we felt that Kernow Young Carers is one that fits well in our thoughts and we are keen to learn more about the important work that our Cornish young carers provide within the community.”
Rosemary Foster, Children’s Services Manager for Action for Children in Cornwall told us: “I’m absolutely thrilled the Pirates have chosen Kernow Young Carers as their charity for this season. We have over 800 children in Cornwall caring for family members who may be ill or have a disability.
People are often amazed when they learn how much our young carers do to help their families. Life can be tough so it’s crucial that we offer them support in a fun and friendly environment, as well as provide the chance to have a break and simply enjoy being young.
“Such is the profile generated by the Cornish Pirates, the public will get an insight into the issues these amazing young people face. Kernow Young Carers wants all young carers in the county to be identified early, receive the support they need and be recognised for the unpaid care they provide.
With the brilliant support of the Cornish Pirates, we will be able to greatly enhance the support and care we already provide to those in our community who need it most.”
To kickstart fundraising for Kernow Young Carers, a cheque for the sum of £302-50 was generously presented to the charity just before the Cornish Pirates kicked their home game off against Ealing Trailfinders.
The amount was a half share of proceeds raised from the recent Charity Bike Ride undertaken by cyclists who journeyed from Bissoe to the Mennaye Field and back – a total of 54 miles.
Included among the bike riders were Cornish Pirates’ co-Coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle, Team Manager Chris ‘Jan’ Rendall, plus supporter Martin ‘Woll’ Woollatt who made the cheque presentation