Hitchin school gets involved in Carers Week

A HITCHIN school is getting involved in this year’s Carers Week by organising a series of fundraising events throughout the week.

The Priory School is marking the occasion, while raising awareness of carers’ responsibilities within the school community.

Carers at the school were also treated to a boating trip, setting sail on Tuesday, and a non-uniform day will be held at the school tomorrow (Friday), with pupils donating money to wear their own clothes for the day.

“Many young carers in Hitchin suffer due to a lack of understanding about what they do - some don’t even recognise themselves as carers,” said assistant headteacher Zoe Wheeler.

“This has a real and negative impact on their health, finances, working and social life and general wellbeing. “Our events are some of many activities and services that The Priory School provides to support carers who feel isolated.”

?* THREE young carers from The Priory School have spoken to The Comet about their roles and the support they receive from local groups.

Year 9 pupil Zoe Northam, aged 14, is a young carer for her brother, who has ADHD.

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She said: “I’m part of North Herts Young Carers. They give you a break from caring, they support you if you’re upset or having a difficult time at home.

“You also get to play games, socialise and go on outings. There are about 20 of us in total who go along.

“This week at school, we’re trying to raise awareness and through that we can hopefully raise some money.”

Abi Adams is also part of North Herts Young Carers. The 12-year-old Year 7 pupil from Ickleford is a carer for her older brother.

She said: “I do the Priory Young Carers schemes and also go to North Herts Young Carers in Hitchin.

“You get to go out and do things. We meet every other Thursday and it’s good to see other people who know what you’re going through and you can talk to other carers if you want to.

“It’s good fun and you can talk about stuff in confidence.”

Twelve-year-old Kirsty Croquer Hernandez, also a Year 7 pupil, is a carer for her mother and younger brother.

She said: “They [North Herts Carers] take us out on day trips and we meet every two weeks.

“Lots of people there are a great support, and the leaders are really helpful.”

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