Hats off and capes away to the two front runners in the Schools Super Snap Competition organised by Blackpool Carers Centre to raise awareness of young carers.
Two small schools with big hearts led the way on Young Carers Awareness Day in recognition of the heroic efforts of young carers – and the many hats they have to wear looking after others.
Staff and pupils at runners up Highfurlong School made a very special effort on behalf of the resort’s young carers – donning all manner of hats for the occasion.
But it was the Carers’ Superheroes Assembly at Kincraig Primary, Bispham, which triumphed ultimately – claiming the very first Schools’ Super Snap award and certificate.
As befits superheroes, Blackpool’s first citizens, Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Ian Coleman and Mrs Mavis Coleman, did the honours, escorted by charity mascot, Rocco the donkey.
The school, which won high praise in a recent Ofsted inspection with behaviour and safeguarding rated as outstanding, rose to the challenge set – and sent Batman, Superman, Captain America, Spiderman, Thor and other mini marvels to the aid of young carers.
The school also raised £121 for Blackpool Carers Centre – and both schools raised awareness of young carers through their super social media platforms too.
It’s hoped the event will go from strength to strength as most schools, big or small, have carers helping out at home in a manner which goes way beyond the usual household or pocket money chores.
Blackpool Carers Centre is the main charitable beneficiary of the Mayor’s year in office as the campaign for a respite lodge at Beaverbrooks House gains momentum under project leader Terry Hodkinson.
The Mayor explained: “I’m a little older than a young carer as I’m 78 but my wife needs help and I care for her. The commitment of young carers to their loved ones is amazing.”
The Mayoress, who’s been wheelchair-bound since a fall, was presented with flowers and paid tribute to the “great generosity of spirit and warmth” of the school.
The Mayor urged the children to remember there could be young carers in their midst and to try to cheer them up and help or encourage them to seek help if they were fed up or tired or upset.
“Give them hope that someone is there to help them when they need it the most. Some children are only five when they start caring for someone.”
Assistant head teacher Alex Kilpatrick said pupils had come to realise just how much young carers did at home. “We were delighted to support Young Carers Awareness day. It’s great to lead the way in the very first Super Snap competition – we hope many more follow.”
Blackpool Carers Centre, Head of Services Faye Atherton said, “We are so proud of our local schools who support our work with young carers. As many as 1 in 12 children are young carers, so creating more awareness helps to identify those children and families early to make sure that they get the very best support. Well done to all who took part in the Young Carers’ Awareness Day Schools’ Super Snap event. We look forward to even more schools joining in with the fun next year!”
If your school would like to be involved in next year’s Schools’ Super Snap Competition, please contact Kay Soper on 01253 393748 or email email@example.com for more information.