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Bromley charity boosted by 24-million strong radio audience

PUBLISHED: 15:20 09 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 May 2016

The charity provides support for carers as young as four

The charity provides support for carers as young as four

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The Make Some Noise scheme will help to raise their profile

A Bromley carers’ charity has been selected as one of this year’s beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise scheme to help raise awareness of their cause.

Carers Bromley’s profile will be boosted by access to an audience of more than 24 million people who tune in to Global’s brands, which include Heart, Capital, Radio X, Classic FM, Smooth and Gold.

The charity, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, supports those who care for people unable to manage on their own due to disabilities, long-term illnesses or frailty.

Chief executive Lynn Powrie told the Bromley Times: “We are trying to raise funds for young carers, but this particular bid for Global Make Some Noise is to help us raise awareness of young carers locally.

“We have around a thousand young carers on our database, from four-year-olds up until the age of 18, and we are hoping to get enough funding to employ workers who will provide support and advice for young people.”

The funding secured through the project will help young people to deal with the often-demanding role of being a young carer.

“We know that younger people need a break, which builds up resilience, and it can be difficult to be a young carer on top of all the normal problems of being a young person. You become different - and no one wants to be different at that age,” Mrs Powrie said.

“We support 5,000 carers, so we are always looking for more funding to help people make sense of their caring role.

“We do struggle to raise awareness. Carers are known for being hidden - they say, “I am not a carer”, so they miss out on advice, information and support.

“Anything that can be done to raise awareness and help people realise they are a carer is good.”

The charity also works with professionals, such as teachers and GPs, and encourages them to refer young carers to them so they can receive help and support.

“Something like this is good because it massively helps to raise our profile,” Mrs Powrie commented.

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