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Youngsters forget their worries for a couple of days at two-day event

PUBLISHED: 17:08 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 05 June 2018

Five young carers taking time for themselves at Reach for the Skies (from left to right): Libby, Harry (back), Sarah, Lewis and Abbie. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

Five young carers taking time for themselves at Reach for the Skies (from left to right): Libby, Harry (back), Sarah, Lewis and Abbie. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

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Fifty-one young people who care for someone with a mental health condition enjoyed a two-day event designed to give them a break from their caring duties.

The youngsters, who are aged between 12 and 15 and come from all over Norfolk and Suffolk, took part in activities ranging from archery to zip wiring at the Reach for the Skies event at the Horstead Centre, near Coltishall.

It was organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), with support from Feedback (a mental health service user forum in Great Yarmouth and Waveney), Carers Matter Norfolk and Suffolk Family Carers.

Howard Tidman, NSFT senior practitioner with acute services, said: “The main aim was for the young people to forget about their worries, and I’m certain we achieved that.”

The first Reach for the Skies event was held at Pleasurewood Hills, and it is expected that a third event will be held next year.

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