Twenty five young carers from North Devon were given a break and a chance to experience the countryside on horses and quad-bikes�thanks to the generosity of Fred and Wendy Chugg, the owners of the Keypitts activity Centre near Ilfracombe and the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club.

Julia Lock, the project manager of CAREWISE, arranged  for 25 young carers and their adult supervisors to enjoy the two activities for the day giving the young carers the thrill of riding quad bikes over rough terrain and the opportunity of riding horses in real Devonshire countryside.

" We have become very involved with young carers over the last few years after learning about their plight and, through the Calvert Trust, have arranged residential respite for them. Thequad-bikeday was an extra break that came about through one of our members who knew Fred and Wendy who often work with disadvantaged children and those with learning difficulties but this was their first experience of working with young carers", said Ron Jones, the rotary club's coordinator.

"It is a major problem and CAREWISE do an excellent job,but for everyone they identify as a young carer there are many more that do not come to anyone's attention. At the Rotary National Conference we awarded one such young person as the Carer of the Year and he had been caring within his family since the age of four", Ron added.

The majority of the North Devon Rotary Clubs are part of the scheme that raises money for what has now become an annual break for the carers when they have a weekend of activities at the Calvert Trust facility on Exmoor, catering for young carers from all over the county.

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