STAFF at the Co-operative food store in Pickering have launched a year of fundraising for the Carers Trust.

The charity, which formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together, provides information, advice and support for 14-25-year- olds facing the challenges of caring.

To mark the launch, staff at the store took on a ‘Rock Around the Clock’ theme – an acknowledgement to the 24/7 nature of the challenges facing an estimated 500,000 young people, across the UK, who care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or, have mental health or addiction problems.

Andy Lawler, manager of the Co-op in Pickering, said: “The challenge of unpaid caring is an often-hidden issue, even though it can affect most families at some time. We’re delighted that Carers Trust is our Charity of the Year and that we have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in our communities who undertake practical and emotional caring responsibilities for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.”

There are an estimated seven million unpaid carers across the UK including about 5,900 in Ryedale.

This year, the Co-operative’s 100,000 staff – across its businesses including food, financial services, funeral care and pharmacy – aim to raise £5 million to transform the lives of the UK’s unpaid young adult carers.

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