Sir David Jason, Paul O'Grady, Jo Brand and JLS's Oritse Williams are among 10 celebrities who have sent messages of support and congratulations on the festival's tenth anniversary:

photograph of the actor Helen MirrenDame Helen Mirren DBE

'I'd like to wish everyone a happy and sunny festival in 2009. I know for many young carers the festival is your only chance to come together, meet friends and enjoy a weekend away from everyday responsibilities. I hope this year gives you all that and much, much more.'


photograph of fottballer Theo WalcottTheo Walcott 

 'Congratulations on your tenth Young Carers Festival. Caring for your loved ones is something to be admired and acknowledged. The reality is that you make a huge difference to the lives of your loved ones and I believe that is well worth shouting about! I am used to having people cheer me on so it's great to get to cheer you on. Have a great festival - sun's out, summer's here and it's all about you. Result!'


photograph of swimmer Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington OBE

'Celebrating 10 years of The Young Carers Festival is a fantastic achievement. I know that many of you don't get a break - and that's exactly what this festival is all about. A chance to kick back, relax and do as much or as little as you like. So, to all the young carers and their families, I want to wish you the very best in the year ahead and I hope the weekend goes well.'