Our incredible staff fundraisers at The Co-operative have reached the £1m milestone in their quest to help a generation of young adult carers.

The figure has been achieved less than three months after the launch of our Charity of the Year partnership with The Co-operative.

Employees have ran marathons, completed gruelling cycle rides and braved Ben Nevis as they aim to raise a total of £5m to allow Carers Trust to provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support services for 14-25 year-olds facing the challenges of caring.

“Staggering support” for young adult carers

Michael Fairclough, The Co-operative’s Head of Community and Co-operative Investment, said: “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm our staff, members and customers are demonstrating in support of young people in our communities who undertake caring responsibilities.

“Although it will affect most families at some time, caring remains a hidden issue. Together we will put this issue on the agenda and make life changing differences to thousands of young lives.”

Thea Stein, our Chief Executive added: “This is wonderful news. At the start of our partnership with The Co-operative we dared to dream of a transformative year for Carers Trust and for those hard-working young people who desperately need our support and services. 

“We are already hearing from young people from across the UK, thrilled that this hidden issue is being recognised and it is with thanks to the staggering support of The Co-operative.”

About young adult carers

There are an estimated 500,000 young adult carers (14-25 year-olds) in the UK who care for a family member or friend who are ill, frail, disabled or have mental health or addiction problems and cannot cope without their support.

Research has revealed that young adult carers are more than twice as likely as their peers not to be in education, employment or training.

Our programme of work with The Co-operative—one of the country’s best-loved and trusted UK retailers—is all about supporting young adult carers, aged 14 - 25, across the UK.