Festive treat for young carers
Above (left to right): Charlie Harris, Station manager business fire safety at Southsea Fire Station, Rebecca Hobbs (young carers development officer at Portsmouth City Council), Nick Clegg (Hampshire Financial Planning) and firefighter Dan Pothecary
Portsmouth City Council and Southsea Fire Station worked together to bring some Christmas cheer to young carers from across the city.
Each year young people who care for their relatives are invited to the fire station, to watch firefighting demonstrations by response crews, with an opportunity to practise being a firefighter for themselves.
After a buffet lunch, the carers were taken to the Kings Theatre to watch the Pantomime ‘Cinderella’ Starring TOWIE’s James ‘Arg’ Argent and singer/star of the ‘Carry on’ films, Anita Harris.
Charlie Harris, station manager at Southsea Fire Station, has been organising this event every year since 1993.
He said: “We are always humbled at the generosity of people we speak to, as without the generosity of others we wouldn’t be able to give these young people a special treat, when they give so much for their loved ones throughout the year.
“It is easy to forget that these are children who put others needs before their own and just for this one day, the only thing they have to think about is having fun and enjoying themselves.”
Financial planning specialist Nick Clegg, who gave a donation of £500 towards the cause, said: “I meet people all the time in my line of work who are doing such great things to help the community. If my donation can play a small part in helping Charlie and the team this year, that’s great.”
Rebecca Hobbs, young carers development officer at Portsmouth City Council, commented: “We are delighted Nick was able to fund this event, we are really fortunate the Fire Service are supporting this event for the 23rd year and look forward to more years to come. It is important to recognise the young people who play a vital support role with families across the city.”