37 young carers from diocesan Church Schools and Surrey Young Carers recently came together to enjoy both a big Lego build, and a Gospel Choir workshop at Guildford Cathedral.
The young carers were joined by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons, who showed his LEGO building prowess and the Dean of Guildford Cathedral who got the buggy racing underway.
One highlight of the afternoon was Lego racing across the Cathedral nave, when Lego buggies the children had built were raced to find a champion.
Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford Cathedral, who waved the starting flag for the race, said,
“It was brilliant to spend an afternoon of fun and friendly engineering with Surrey’s Young Carers. The Cathedral was filled with cheers for winners, songs of celebration of life and laughs of friendship. These wonderful young people put everything into perspective. I’m looking forward to next year already”.
The second part of the afternoon involved a Gospel Choir workshop, which was lively, fun and full of energy. The children sang songs in English and Zulu, and together with the actions and movement it made for a lively and enjoyable time.
The Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Mike Parsons commented,
“What a great afternoon with the young carers. Special thanks must go to the diocese along with all the volunteers for making such a difference to these very special young people.
“It was a real pleasure to be in amongst the young carers, trying my hardest to be as adept as they were in creating their LEGO racers!”
Clive Richardson, Diocese Carer Support Adviser, added,
“We’re so grateful to all those who helped make today possible. It was brilliant to see so many young carers here who really enjoyed the day and it has been a wonderful way to recognise the value our young carers bring, and to reward them for all they do.”