Back to the Grove
Ant & Dec got back to their roots this week when they travelled up to Tyneside to make a surprise visit to a social group for young carers - a real-life Byker Grove, if you will!
The pair visited Gateshead Crossroads Caring for Carers and delivered a cheque from Comic Relief for £10,000.
They got well and truly stuck in during their trip, not only meeting the exceptional young carers and their families, but also in a spot of cooking with the kids. After meeting a young girl who cares for her mother, a wheelchair-bound MS sufferer, Dec told the Sun: "For a 14-year-old kid, Simone really does shoulder a lot in her house but she helps her mum without complaining. The project really is important, offering kids like Simone support and a break from their caring duties." Tune in to Comic Relief on Friday from 7pm on BBC One to see more of the lads' trip.
We had such a great day seeing how the money that people give to Comic Relief really does help young carers.
After the visit, Ant added: "We had such a great day seeing how the money that people give to Comic Relief really does help young carers like Simone. It's really nice to see it at work in our neck of the woods too." The group helps young people who struggle to juggle being a carer with school work. Some youngsters can end up sick and stressed out, as well as missing out on time with their friends. One person in eight in the UK is a carer, a total of six million. In Gateshead, with a population of 200,000, about 25,000 people are unpaid carers. To find out more or donate to Comic Relief, check out www.rednoseday.com. To read the full Sun article click here.