College students raise £1,500 for young carers in Northamptonshire

Students at Northampton College have helped raise £1,500 for a county charity '“ with the money earmarked to help young people who look after their parents or grandparents.

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 4:36 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:32 pm
Pictured from left to right: Jo Johnson (Northamptonshire Carers), Julie Teckman (Northampton College) and Annie Freestone (Northamptonshire Carers).

Proceeds from ticket sales and programmes sold at end-of-year shows by musical theatre and arts students helped raise the huge total for Northamptonshire Carers.

The donation will be used to help fund a range of activities for young carers, such as workshops or respite sessions.

Julie Teckman, head of the School of the Arts at Northampton College, said: “Northamptonshire Carers is an incredible organisation which does an amazing job supporting the local community.

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"Our students have done fantastically well to raise so much money and it’s good to know that money will be put to such good use and will make a real difference to young people’s lives.”

Students held a range of end-of-year performances and exhibitions to showcase their work from the past 12 months, including a musical theatre show which included songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Chicago.

Jo Johnson, the schools development worker for Northamptonshire Carers, said: “This donation came out of the blue and is an amazing gesture from the students. Young people can often be ‘hidden’ carers – doing a tough job without any real recognition.

“This funding will allow us to lay on activities which can take some of the pressure off them, signpost them to a support network and show their work is appreciated.”

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