Young carers from across Cheshire West and Chester got together to have fun and be active on Tuesday 28th August! Active Cheshire was delighted to support Cheshire Young Carer’s jam-packed sports day, funded by the Chester Lions and supported by M&S Bank with volunteers.

Held at the scout hut in Ellesmere Port, children enjoyed a day of Sports Day activities, egg and spoon races, sack races and relays, sparking friendly competition between them. Active Cheshire was pleased to bring their inflatables such as pillow bash and space hopper race, which went down a treat with the kids.

The Sports Day was a fantastic opportunity for the young carers to enjoy their summer and be active, while taking a break from their caring responsibility. There are approximately 8,000 young carers across the whole of Cheshire. These six to eighteen year olds have responsibility for loved ones, such as parents or siblings, who have an impairment such as a physical disability, mental health issues, substance misuse problems and/or other limiting conditions.

Active Cheshire CEO, Anne Boyd, had this to say about the day: “childhood is such an important time to build emotionally and physically healthy people. Young carers can be isolated and have been shown to encounter wider barriers to many things, including a physically active lifestyle – something that should be a human right for every child.

“Active Cheshire are extremely proud to support the Cheshire Young Carers, and help provide a supportive, exciting, and active environment for all children to enjoy their childhood.”

Kacey Baker, Activities Co-Ordinator at Cheshire Young Carers, said, “The highlight of our sports day with Active Cheshire was seeing the level of engagement from the young people. Being outside and being active, getting involved in competitions and teamwork, every young carer got a huge amount out of this day and to top it off, they all had fun. I couldn’t ask for more from a day as the events coordinator. A massive thank you to all at Active Cheshire.”

The day was supported by a number of volunteers from M&S Bank, who became fantastic Activators for the kids, making sure the day ran smoothly and the young carers were able to have one-on-one support in the activities.