Juggling, unicycles and wacky costumes were the order of the day as Guildford Cathedral hosted a day of circus celebrations for local young carers.
Over 90 young carers attended the event at the cathedral marquee, giving the children a break from the daily responsibilities of caring for a relative with an illness or disability.
Revd Clive Richardson, Diocesan Carer Support Adviser, who helped organise the event, stressed the importance of respite for carers. “Today is an opportunity for some remarkable people to enjoy themselves and to receive some recognition for the hard work they do at home.”
The Event was organised in conjunction with Guildford Cathedral and Action for Carers, Surrey, who estimate that there are over 14,000 young carers in the county. Amanda Yarker from the charity believes that events like Circus Skills can help bring normality to the lives of young people.
“It allows them to be a child, basically. A lot of their time is taken up with supporting family, and this event gives them an opportunity to have time away from that,” she said.
“Today has been a chance for them to enjoy themselves and to enjoy their childhood.”
Bishop of Dorking, Jo Wells, who attended the circus skills event, said that she was delighted the cathedral was able to offer young carers the opportunity to relax and have some fun.
“This has been a wonderful occasion, and I want to thank everybody involved in bringing it together, and bringing people together” she said.
“Today we have offered hospitality to a variety of people – old and young, and I think the Kingdom of God is something like that, people coming together, taking risks, having fun and enjoying one another.”
You can find out more about the support that Action for Carers Surrey offer here.