North East carer fundraising reaches £1 million mark

Staff in the North East have helped The Co-operative reach a £1 million milestone in the quest to raise money for young adult carers.

Employees from The Co-operative Banking Group took part in a bungee jump at the Tees Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough to raise money for Carers Trust.

Meanwhile, a team from The Co-operative's Birtley distribution centre will put their best feet forward with a four-day hike along Hadrian's Wall to raise £1000 for the charity.

A cake sale hosted by staff at the store in Wooler brought in almost £200.

"I am delighted to see the enthusiasm our staff, members and customers are demonstrating in support of young people in our communities who undertake unpaid practical and emotional caring responsibilities for family members or friends who cannot cope without them.

"Although it will affect most families at some time, caring remains a hidden issue. Together we will put this issue on the agenda and make life changing differences to thousands of young lives."

– Michael Fairclough, The Co-operative's head of community and co-operative investment

Carers Trust provides much-needed breaks, information, advice and support for young adult carers aged 14 to 25.

There are an estimated seven million carers in the UK, of whom nearly 500,000 are young adult carers.

"This is wonderful news. At the start of our partnership with The Co-operative we dared to dream of a transformative year for Carers Trust and for those hard-working young people all around us who desperately need our support and services.

"We are already hearing from young people across the UK who are thrilled that this hidden issue is being recognised and it is with thanks to the staggering support of The Co-operative."

– Thea Stein, chief executive of Carers Trust