Young carers in South Ayrshire will be getting help with their education thanks to a fundraising drive by residents and staff at the Council's sheltered housing units. More than £2,500 was raised through activities ranging from trips to the top of Ben Lomond through to coffee mornings and a bingo night in Dundonald.
The donation, which was made to the South Ayrshire Carers Centre, will benefit young carers who are not in a position to buy equipment themselves, with the aim of helping them in their studies and to progress in their chosen careers.
Councillor William Grant, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning, said the generosity of residents and staff would help to change lives, "We're committed to helping young people overcome disadvantage and reach their full potential and this fantastic fundraising drive will leave a lasting legacy.
"By having the right tools available to make the most of their education and careers this donation will help people to realise their personal goals and I'd like to thank everyone involved for their tireless efforts."
The donation, handed over by Councillor Philip Saxton as Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer Services, was warmly welcomed. Kayleigh Hamilton, Young Carers Information and Advice Worker at the South Ayrshire Carers Centre said the donation would make a big difference, "Thank you to all the Sheltered Housing Units who put in so much great effort to raise funds for our Young Carers. I am very humbled, our Young Carers will benefit so much from this."
Young people at the South Ayrshire Carers Centre agreed, "The laptop will help me with my homework and also to help research mum's condition."; "I can finally study on my career."