STAFF at The Co-operative food store in Stonehaven hit the right note with unpaid young carers last week when they launched a “record” breaking year of fundraising for its Charity of the Year, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (PRTCS).
The charity, part of Carers Trust - which formed last year when the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together - will benefit from The Co-operative’s staff, members and customers raising much-needed money to tackle feelings of isolation and provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support for 14-25 year-olds facing the challenges of caring.
To mark the launch, staff tuned into 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.
Store manager Ewan Ross 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 PRTCS 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 carinf repsonsibilities for a family member or friend who cannot cope without their support.”