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Local Businessman Raises Money For Young Carers

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8:36am 28th November 2013

A local businessman from Wareham has raised £2,700 for young carers across Dorset.

Hairdresser Philip Mills - from Philip Mills Design ran in the Bournemouth Marathon in October.

He's donated his sponsorship to the Dorset Young Carer's Project run by the County Council.

Philip Mills said: "I first heard about the Dorset Young Carers' Project through a client of mine. We got chatting about what young carers have to deal with on a daily basis and, as a result, often miss out on their childhood. My client was raising money for the young carers, so I donated a 'cut and blow dry' as part of her fundraising.

"I then decided to raise some money myself and enter the Bournemouth Marathon .The training was hard, but I'm glad to say I finished it in good time and survived!

"I would like to thank my wife and family for all their support whilst I was training, and also thank all those who put their hands in their pockets and helped me to raise so much money."

Young Carers, aged 5-21, look after a family member who may be disabled, ill, or have a mental health problem. They rarely get time to themselves, and have responsibilities you wouldn't expect a young person to face such as cooking, shopping and helping someone get washed and dressed.

The Dorset Young Carers' Project supports approximately 120 young carers and arranges group activities in the school holidays such as:

- trips to the cinema
- outdoor pursuits, such as climbing and kayaking
- activity days at local youth centres
- occasional weekend residentials

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