Thank you for the wonderful Easter egg donations!

Wednesday 13th March was a day to remember for a lot of our young carers and young adult carers. It was Young Carers Action Day 2024, and we had a jam-packed schedule of fun and much needed respite. You can find out what we got up to with our carers right here: Young Carers Action Day. If you want some spoilers then you can look forward to seeing some circus skills, balloon modelling, games, face painting, and going back home with an Easter Egg! So, go and have a look at all the smiles on our young carers faces and learn more about what Young Carers Action Day is all about. 

We would like to thank all of those who donated and made it possible for our carers to go home with their delicious Easter Eggs! So, on behalf of the Young Carers team and young carers themselves – thank you!

Gina, Team Manager of Young Carers, was clearly delighted to receive 60 Easter Eggs from the Renewal Church in Solihull as part of their Easter Egg Collection Programme. This is not the first time we have received such a kind gesture from the Renewal Church, and we know our carers are thankful each and every year. We’d also like to extend our thanks to the brilliant Naomi Hodges who helped organise it all. 

You'll all be happy to know that Gina didn't keep them for herself.

We also continued our long-standing relationship with Asda Chelmsley Wood, with a further donation of 40 Easter Eggs! Their Community Champion, Sam Mitchell, who has been a strong supporter of our young carers for several years; arranging and donating food and activity packs for our young carers Christmas parties. 

This is the 2nd year in a row that Sam has helped to organise a donation of Easter Eggs for our young carers, and long may her generosity and efforts continue! She was met by Pete Masters, our volunteer fund raiser for young carers, who, along with Sam, helped arrange this marvellous relationship and donation. 

Thank you!

Sam Mitchell (left) and Pete Masters (Right)

Last but certainly not least, are the Balsall Commons Lions.

They have been supporting our young carers for several years and are always finding new ways to donate and advocate for Carers Trust Solihull’s young carers. Whether it’s making sure Christmas has presents with donations of toys, gifts, vouchers, to making fun events and activities happen with donations of money, or by making Easter special.

This year was no different. They organised a donation drive with the kind people of Balsall Common and contributed further by  purchasing more eggs, especially for us! This meant we had over 50 Easter Eggs and they still expect MORE to come from the residents of Balsall Common, as well as the Heart of England School!

All of this was organised by the fantastic Steve Meakin: a long-time supporter and friend of Carers Trust Solihull. Thank you to Steve, The Lions, and all the wonderful people of Balsall Common! 

Steve Meakin (Lion)

All of us here at Carers Trust Solihull are thankful for the continued support that enables us to give our young carers respite opportunities and treats they are so deserving of. Thank you. 

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