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CarShop collaborates with GMSN to give kids a great day out at Sportspark

CarShop collaborates with GMSN to give kids a great day out at Sportspark

Saffron Wilson

Saffron Wilson

  • 05 November, 2019
  • 2 min read

On Tuesday 22nd October, 32 children aged between 5 and 12 got to enjoy a day full of activities at the UEA entirely funded by CarShop.

In collaboration with Global’s Make Some Noise, Norfolk Family Carers spent a fun-filled and hilarious day at the Sportspark.

The first half of the day was spent taking part in traditional sports day events, such as egg and spoon races, skipping, and space hopper races. The children thoroughly enjoyed the competitions and were very keen to get involved.

After lunch, the children spent the second half of the day taking part in goggle football. Our popular goggle football combines classic football with visual impairment goggles for a wacky take on the traditional game. The goggles give the illusion that the ball is either much closer to you or much further away from you than it actually is. The children loved taking part in goggle football and the game ended with a penalty shootout.

Alison Easton, Chief Operations Office at Norfolk Family Carers said:  “We are so grateful to CarShop Norwich for being so generous and paying for the activities, and all the team at the UEA Sportspark for being so great with the young people and working with us.

“Young carers are young people aged 5 – 18 who is affected by a family member of has a physical or mental health condition or illness, learning difficulty or substance misuse. Caring can mean giving someone practical help like helping a parent get dresses but can also take the form of emotional support. These extra responsibilities for young people mean they don’t always have the opportunity to take park in social activities and sports and can feel isolated.

“School holidays can be particularly hard and many of the young people end up doing more caring than normal as do not have school as a respite. The chance to socialise with friends, to run around and be children is so special for them all. The young carers came from the groups we run in Pilling Park and Marlpit areas so a great chance for them to meet and make new friends too.

“Thank you so much for the support of everyone involved.”