Young carers enjoy day at Drusillas

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A GROUP of young carers spent a day at Drusillas thanks to an Eastbourne-based charity.

Care for the Carers, the zoo’s official charity of 2012, arranged for 25 people aged between eight and 19 to have a day away from the stress and hard work of provided physical and emotional support to their loved ones.

During their visit the group encountered a host of furry and feathered creatures along the zoo route including the resident meerkats, penguins and otters.

They also enjoyed close animal encounters in Lory Landing and Lemurland before letting off steam in the large adventure play area.

Cheryl Butler, who helps run a young carers club which arranges similar days out, said, “We are extremely grateful to Drusillas for their support.

“We desperately need funding for the continuation of young carers clubs and activities so their support is invaluable.”

Care for the Carers has an ongoing presence at the park, with collecting tins in the retail and catering outlets. And Kariba the serval has been chosen by the charity to represent them, with 20 per cent of any adoption proceeds for her donated to the cause.

Zoo boss Laurence Smith said, “As an attraction enjoyed by many young families, each year it is important to us to support a local charity dedicated to the welfare of children.

“We are very proud to have Care for the Carers as our Charity of the Year for 2012 and are delighted to be able to provide a fun day out at the zoo for some of our community’s most challenged young people.”