The players have been busy this season supporting their chosen charity Kernow Young Carers, a service that supports over 850 young carers in Cornwall.
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 Saturday’s festive ‘Tribute Day’ game with London Irish, collectors were rattling their buckets out and about around the ground and raised over £412, whilst earlier in the season a further £300 was raised.at the game with Ealing Trailfinders.
The day after the London Irish encounter players Chris Morgan, Jake Parker, Tom Duncan,and Jack Andrew along with Community Manager Sam Teasdale were at the Kernow Young Carers carol concert at Truro Methodist Church. The concert was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and also to interact with the young carers.
As the season has progressed the Pirates have gained a growing understanding of the vitally important work undertaken by so many admirable young people.
Earlier this month Bar Bartlett, Matt Bolwell, Alex Dancer and Community Engagement Manager Sam Teasdale enjoyed a night at the Roller Rink in Pool, joining in the fun of a deserved break for a group of young carers.
Rosemary Foster, Children’s Services Manager for KYC, thanked Sam and the players, saying: “A big thank you to the Pirates for making the effort to attend, it was a great session, with an opportunity for everyone to chat and also for a couple of young carers, a great motivational discussion from the players!”
Support and fundraising for KYC has been on-going since September when the charity shared in the proceeds of a Charity Bike Ride from Bissoe to the Mennaye Field and back. Included among the riders were Cornish Pirates’ Coaches Alan Paver and Gavin Cattle, Team Manager Chris ‘Jan’ Rendall (pictured) and match reporter Martin ‘Woll’ Woollatt who made the cheque presentation at the match with Ealing Trailfinders
“It is incredible to consider that there are over 800 children in Cornwall caring for family members who may be ill or have a disability, and the youngsters who perform such roles are to be admired.” said Pirates’ media liaison officer Phil Westren.
“Also, of course, they themselves need support in varying forms, including information, guidance, and to have a chance to enjoy short breaks by participating in activities and trips.”