Young people who care for sick or elderly relatives have received a timely boost – thanks to Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Closer to You programme and the broker Erskine Murray.
Market Harborough-based VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire) provides help and support for carers of all ages and those who are suffering from the loneliness brought on by isolation.
Young carers have been particularly hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – they’re seeing their own school and social lives put on hold while they try to deal with the effects of the outbreak – so the donation is being targeted at them.
VASL Young Carers manager Kate Hawkins said, ‘It’s an extraordinarily difficult time for the youngsters – they’re worried about catching the virus and passing it on to their family members, worried about their school work, they’re not seeing their friends, and they’re often running their homes – shopping for food, fetching medicines, caring for vulnerable family members, looking after younger siblings.
‘Ordinarily, our Young Carers Group gives them time out, and the chance to just be kids. Normally, we hold meetings with lots of activities and the chance to hang out with friends, and in the school holidays we take them out to theme parks, go-karting, for meals out and so on.
‘That’s on hold for the time being, and their lives are particularly tough at the moment. We’re incredibly grateful for the money from Ecclesiastical Insurance via Erskine Murray – it will help us to fund some really wonderful events and activities for the children when things are more like normal, and I’ve been phoning them with the good news to cheer them up.’
Erskine Murray – a leading independent insurance brokerage based in Leicester – has supported the charity for the last three years.
Its managing director Alan Wheeler said, ‘It’s a fantastic charity, and we love the fact that we can make a difference and help these deserving youngsters have a little fun.’