STV appeal boost for Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers

Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers have received £2,000 from the STV Appeal 2014.

The service supports young carers from the age of five to 18 years. These young people have a significant role in looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability.

The young carers run five group sessions per week and provide quarterly respite breaks, training, one to one and advocacy support for up to 70 young carers each year.

The project works alongside young carers to help build their confidence, self-esteem and ambition.

STV said the appeal was committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland. Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty show that in the Highlands it’s actually 18.9 per cent of children.

Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in the Highlands.

Marjory Jagger, manager, Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers, said: “We are delighted to receive this very much appreciated cheque for £2,000 which will be used to help ensure young carers in Skye and Lochalsh continue to be able to access regular support and respite breaks without any geographical or cost related barriers.”

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, added: “The money donated to the STV Appeal remains in Scotland and will help bring about a positive change to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep. With the help of the extraordinary fundraising efforts taking place in communities across the country we have raised an incredible £2.6m in 2014 allowing us to make grants to 297 projects.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this year’s appeal.”

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Pictured left to right (back) are Donald Beaton, Richard Johnston and Dulcie Spencer; and, front, are Margaret MacKinnon, Marjory Jagger, Christine Hall and Fiona Johnston.