Christmas arrives early for a young unsung hero

Do you know that there are 800,000 young carers in the UK today? At secondary school age, these children care for at least one relative with a disability, illness, or mental health condition – sometimes spending up to 30 hours a week on care.

Meet Young Career, Ian

Ian, age 16, is just one from London. Since the age of 13, he has been a full-time carer for his mother, who suffered a posterior circulation stroke, and his younger brother, who has autism. Every day, and without hesitation, Ian manages household chores ranging from cooking to cleaning and dining with his brother, on top of his busy school schedule.

“I’m very proud of what he’s doing, and very proud of Ian for what he’s doing,” his mother Drukilla says. He said, “He had to take a lot of responsibility. When he helps, he does not seek the reward, which is surprising. “

this Christmas, Red Letter Days wants to shed light on unheard heroes like Ian. With children’s charity Bernardo, we are amazing young carers with experience to make our dreams come true.

And for Ian, who had a day of supercar experiences with one of his own heroes – former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra.

Meeting an idol of his for an unforgettable day

Patrice Evera surprised a young carer at her door

Ian is a big Manchester United fan, but he never expected the former captain of his favorite team to perform at his door. That’s exactly what happened, through the #MakingMemories campaign.

Patrice was really excited to meet Ian. “This year, we’ve heard many inspiring stories about how people have helped others, so when I was invited by Red Letter Days to help convince an unsolicited hero of the country, I didn’t think twice ,” They said. “It was great to be part of Ian’s memorable day and surprised him with a wonderful racetrack experience. What he does for his family throughout the year is truly inspiring and he deserves every minute! “

Surprise did not end here. Patrice opened a large red envelope to tell him that he and Ian would leave for a day of adventure, something the two would never forget. Led this pair Brand hatchOne of the UK’s top tracks, where Ian climbed the passenger seat of two iconic supercars, including Ferrari, for a spin around the tracks.

Patrice noticed that her young friend flew around the circuit with a qualified instructor. “It was scary at first, but after a while I got used to it,” Ian said, with a big grin on his face. The entire experience was safely carried out in October, following government guidance on the Kovid-19 restrictions.

To end the special day, Red Letter Days sent Ian and his family a three-day dinner. local restaurant, Searcys on Gherkin, Was a meal prepared by one of their top cooks, and all three were able to dine safely from the comfort of their home.

Make this christmas memorable

Patrice Evera and young carers at Brands Hatch for a wonderful day

Experience days make for unforgettable gifts, and we are grateful that we are able to give something back to those who give so much.

“A special day for Ian and his family, which we know with memorable and one-time lifetime experiences, is the best approach,” says Red Mountain Days CEO Dan Mountain. “We want to bring awareness to how many young carers across the UK and the amazing work they do, day in and day out.”

The campaign – and Ian Day Out – is in aid of an incredible children’s charity run by Bernardo. Last year over 300,000 children, youth, parents and carers were supported through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers.

We are happy to partner with them and their Kidsmas campaign, which is raising funds and supporting children across the UK, so that they can have a happy Christmas and a bright future. After all, Christmas should be a magical time for every child. Red Letter Days is providing many days of experience to youngsters like Ian, as well as donating one.

“We are grateful to Red Letter Days for providing the most incredible half-term experience to our young carer, Ian,” says Lynn Gradwell, director at Bernardo’s UK. “To spend an exciting day around a race car track and be cheered on by a football star is something few of us will ever experience. I thank Red Letter Days, our partners in fundraising, and all our staff at Wellbeing Hub for doing so. “

Families enjoying food at home

If you would like to learn more about the #MakingMemories campaign, or can donate to Bernardo’s Kidsam initiative, you can go to: