Posted by Sandra on August 31 2011

McFly dropped in to surprise young carers at this year’s Scottish Young Carers Festival, held at Broomlee Outdoor Education Centre in West Linton (27&28 August 2011).

The band was being filmed for a TV programme due to be aired on Channel 5 this autumn, Celebrity Wish List. They dropped in on the festival site on the Saturday, where they stayed for a few hours, performed an impromptu gig, and handed out goodie bags. Accompanying the band was presenter Zoe Salmon who will be presenting the programme.

Organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and funded by the Scottish Government, the Festival brings together more than 500 young carers from all over Scotland. At the Festival, they get a break from caring, the chance to try new activities and the chance to talk to ministers, politicians and other people who make decisions about services.

Zoe Salmon said: “When I heard about the incredible work that young carers do, I was so overwhelmed and I wanted to do something that would make the day even more special. The boys from McFly were totally up for it too.

“The Princess Royal Trust for Carers is a phenomenal charity and I can’t praise the work of The Trust and young carers enough. Young carers take a lot of pressure off the government by saving them millions of pounds.”

Festival organiser Lorna Goodwin added: “The Festival is always a big event on young carers’ calendars every year anyway – but McFly’s appearance made it really special. They’ve helped draw attention to young carers and the incredible job they do.”

The 2011 Scottish Young Carers Festival is organised by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, with the support of its main partner the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance, and Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Carers Scotland, Children 1st, and Shared Care Scotland.

For more information or photos after the Festival, please contact our press team in Scotland

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