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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Rugby treat for young carers

THE High Sheriff of Cumbria, Iona Frost-Pennington, and five young carers from West Cumbria were treated to a day out at the Recreation Ground on Sunday.

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team picture: The young carers with Gary McKeating, Iona Frost-Pennington, High Sheriff of Cumbria, Peter Frost-Pennington and Ralph Calvin at the Recreation Ground

As special guests of Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) and Whitehaven RLFC, the young carers were all given a rugby shirt and scarf before being treated to lunch in the sponsors lounge. They then cheered Whitehaven on as the team beat Rochdale 30-10.

After the match they presented the man-of-the-match award to Lee Doran.

Young Carers are children who look after people in their family with an illness or disability.

They may provide physical care or emotional support as well as undertaking a majority of the household duties.

Since becoming High Sheriff in April 2011, Iona Frost-Pennington has championed the cause of Cumbrian Young Carers. It is estimated that there are between 3,000 and 6,000 in Cumbria, the average age of whom is only 12.

Iona said: “It is fantastic that Nuclear Management Partners and the club arranged such a great day out. Peter and I had a fun day at our first rugby league game.”

Gary McKeating, from NMP, added: “We had a fantastic day, and the Carers really enjoyed the match and of course the win.

“Whitehaven always put on a quality match day experience and it was nice to share it with these inspirational young people. Special thanks to chief executive Barry Richardson for organising everything so well.”

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