Letter: Caring at Christmas

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Christmas Day is traditionally a time for celebrating, resting and enjoying family time at home. But for many of the hundreds of thousands of children in England responsible for caring for their loved ones, their duties do not stop on this special day.

There are 166,000 young carers in England, but we believe this figure is just the tip of the iceberg - many more children remain hidden from view and are slipping through the net, undetected by support services.

Shockingly, for young carers some of who are as young as five years old, this has increased by 80 per cent over the last decade alone. It is vital these children get the support they desperately need. Too many young carers remain hidden from view.This Christmas your readers can help to support them by holding a carol singing service. This can be in a local church, at work or at home with friends and family. This fun and festive activity is an easy way to raise money, and awareness, for vulnerable children and young people in our communities who need urgent help.

We have a range of free materials, available to download, that can help you to organise your carol singing event. From books of carols to collection buckets. Simply visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk/carols to get involved.We hope your readers can get involved in spreading the festive cheer in their communities and make a real difference to thousands of children’s lives.

Matthew Reed,

Children’s Society