Posted: 11 March 2016

Henley Festival proud to support The Children’s Society

Charlotte Geeves, Chief Executive of Henley Festival, explains how the partnership with The Children’s Society will make a difference to young carers. 

The power of music and the arts is remarkable in inspiring people and bringing about change. I am thrilled that Henley Festival and The Children’s Society are working in partnership to bring the arts and vital support to thousands of children who care for family members.

This year’s festival is my second as Chief Executive of Henley Festival. It’s really exciting to work in the arts and be part of such an inspiring event which encompasses the best of international and UK music, art, food and comedy in a stunning riverside setting.

For us, it is so important that Henley Festival supports the wider community and we pride ourselves on supporting local and national charity projects. Our new partnership with The Children’s Society, launched this year, will span the next three years raising at least £60,000 for the charity’s vital work with young carers. Everyone we have spoken to about this is very excited, as well as the Festival team.

A huge difference to thousands of young carers

I’m struck by how many young carers there are in England – officially 166,000, but this is thought to be just the tip of the iceberg - and how this issue is often hidden from view. It’s difficult to imagine how hard it is for a child to care for a loved one day in, day out, taking on adult responsibilities like cooking, cleaning and administering medicine. It’s not surprising that they often fall behind at school, don’t have time to see their friends, and feel alone.

The Children’s Society make a huge difference to thousands of young carers, by making sure they can have breaks from their responsibilities and by giving them a platform to share their experiences and raise awareness about the issues they face. This helps give them a much brighter future.

It’s special for our festival-goers to know that when they come to Henley Festival they’ll also be helping young carers. Not only will more young people receive help as a result of our new partnership with The Children’s Society, but young carers will have the opportunity to enjoy the magic of the festival and have a much-needed break from their caring responsibilities.

I am delighted that we are able to support such a cause and I look forward to working closer with The Children’s Society and the young carers that they support.

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