TV star Colin McCredie admitted he was 'blown away' by three young carers when he visited CHILDREN 1ST's Midlothian Young Carers Service recently.
Colin, of 'Taggart' and 'Wooly and Tig' fame, visited the service in Dalkeith in his role as Ambassador for People's Postcode Lottery. Our players have raised over £2.2 Million for the charity to date.
He heard first-hand from teenagers Becca McLaren, Rebecca Martin and Liam Dobbie what it's like looking after a family member with long-term illness or disability and how the service has helped.
Colin said: "Quite frankly I was blown away by the great work that the team do and by the fantastic young people who have such a positive outlook on life.
"I suppose I had thought it might be a bit 'doom and gloom' because these children sacrifice so much to look after their parents or their brothers and sisters. But the biggest surprise for me was the amount of fun, positivity and laughter. That really sums up the work that CHILDREN 1ST do here."
Money raised from players of Postcode Lottery supports the Young Carers service. This service gives young people a place to make friends, get valuable advice and a space to enjoy themselves. Trips and outings are an important part of the work.
Rebecca Martin (12), from Penicuik, helps look after her autistic brother. She said: "It's been nice coming here and getting some time out. It's good to play games and to meet other people, it puts my mind off it. I was really shy when I first came here but the group has been good for helping me come out my shell."
Liam Dobbie (14), also from Penicuik, cares for his mum who has a long-term illness. He commented: “I was looking for salvation, somewhere I could rest. CHILDREN 1ST has meant to me a nice place, it's been lovely coming here.”
Bonnyrigg's Becca McLaren (15) assists her mum, who lost two arms after a sudden illness. She explained: “Your usual teenager has a social life and I don’t always feel like that. This has been a way of getting to meet people – I met my best friend here. I can’t thank them enough for everything they've done.”
To date, CHILDREN 1ST has received more than £2 Million from players of People's Postcode Lottery to help support their services across Scotland.