Surprise for young Bromley carers
PUBLISHED: 11:22 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 December 2014
They took part in ITV programme Surprise, Surprise.
17 young carers from Bromley got the surprise of their lives after boarding a train for what they thought was a trip to a museum.
Instead, they took part in Surprise, Surprise, the ITV programme which rewards ordinary people for doing extraordinary things.
The group, from Carers Bromely- a charity that supports unpaid carers of all ages, met celebrities and received a range of gifts including Kindle Fire tablets and laptops.
They were met at Alton station by magician Ben Hanlin, impersonating the station master.
They boarded the Watercress Line and, along the way, were met by a flash mob of elves, as well as singer Gareth Gates.
They were also joined by TV presenter Dave Berry and boy band The Vamps who performed live for them.
The programme told the story of three of the young carers families – one family whose parents are profoundly deaf, another who looks after her Mum- who has mobility issues and a third who cares for their sibling with chronic kidney problems.
Lynne Powrie, Chief Executive of Carers Bromley, said: “The young carers had a great time.
“It gave them an opportunity to escape from their caring roles for a few hours and to do something amazing.
“Many of these young carers provide care for their family members for many hours each week, which can affect their own lives.
“Young carers can often end up being late for school, miss chances to go out with friends and to do the activities other young people do.
“For these young carers, being a part of Surprise, Surprise has really given them a boost and will be something they will never forget.”