Red Cross Shropshire Young Carers Christmas Party
Young carers from around Shropshire were invited to a Christmas Party arranged by a group of students from Shrewsbury College this week.
Over 60 young carers aged between 5 and 17 from around Shropshire attended the party at the College’s theatre Friday night. The event was planned in cooperation with Shrewsbury’s British Red Cross.
Students from the Yearly Activities Group at the College organised the event and designed Christmas cards and invites; wrote letters to local shops asking for donations, planned the party menu, arranged for the party food to be purchased and cooked in the college kitchens, as well as creating party games and wrapping over 300 Christmas presents.
Jessica Taylor, 16, first year Travel & Tourism student, played a large part in the party by co-ordinating the evening’s events and donating over 70 presents to the cause.
As a member of the Rea-Valley Razors - a local committee that was set up by Jessica’s Mother and her friend to raise money for local charitable causes – Jessica was able to use some of the benevolent fund to buy the presents.
‘’Every year we organise an event to raise funds for the committee. The money raised goes towards local causes so I approached my mum to ask if we could use the funding to purchase presents for the Young Carers party.
‘’Myself, my mum and her friend Aiden, had a wrapping party at our house after we have been out to buy the presents. I really enjoy all aspects of charity work, and being able to help people who are either less fortunate, or who’s help can sometimes be overlooked.’’
Jessica added, ‘’ I have really enjoyed helping to organise the party for the Young Carers, and although we unfortunately could not invite all Young Carers across Shropshire, we have managed to collect over 300 presents to be given to them before Christmas.’’
The evening included a short Christmas production performed by the Performing Arts students, an interpretation of the 12 days of Christmas, a Magician, a disco and lots of party food.
The Pathways BTEC Certificate group designed and constructed a festive Grotto for Father Christmas, Mrs Father Christmas and their helpers to sit in and hand out gifts to the Carers.
Lesley Urquhart, Progressions Specialist said: ‘’We were overwhelmed with the response from governors, staff and students for donating gifts for the party.’’
‘’All of the students worked extremely very well to make the evening such a great success. We had a really enjoyable time and we are so proud of the skills and experience that our ‘Yearly Activities Group’ students have developed through being involved in this worthy event.’’