OKEHAMPTON Rotary Club, along with Tavistock, Ivybridge and Totnes club has supported young carers from Young Devon to gather at the biggest-ever national festival to enjoy a break from their caring responsibilities.

The youngsters joined thousands of others from across England at the festival in Hampshire at the end of June to enjoy a weekend of music, arts, activities and a rare chance to take a break from their caring responsibilities. 

Just last month, shocking new Census data was published revealing that 166,000 children in England are caring for their parents, siblings and family members.

Despite this being the first official statistic to be published in ten years, it is likely massively to under-represent the true picture.

Barry Thompson, of Okehampton Rotary Club, said: 'Young Carers do an incredible job of looking after their families and that deserves recognition and respect.

'But more than that they are entitled to enjoy the same opportunities as other young people, to get a good education, to be healthy, and get a chance to socialise and relax.

'Okehampton Rotary Club are supporting other days out for young carers getting them to experience bowling, music, cycling and a Santa cruise.'

Katherine Mullan, lead practioner said: 'We had an amazing time at the festival and greatly appreciate the support we have received from the Rotary Clubs.

'It was a rare chance for many of our young carers to enjoy a much needed break from caring. They also had the chance to share their views about the issues they face and meet many other children from across England who are also young carers.'