The BBC’s Children in Need Charity has granted over £100,000 in financial support to a group supporting carers in Kingston.
A spokesperson for Children in Need announced on Wednesday, 26th of February, that the additional money was awarded in the final round of the combined “Curiosity” funding programme by the BBC and “Wellcome”, a nonprofit organization.
The money will help young caregivers to engage in the natural world.
“The Kingston Carers’ Network in Kingston upon Thames will make use of the £100,355 three-year fund for the provision of regular workshops to young caregivers with a focus on the world, nature reserve excursions, and summer clubs,” says the spokesman.
Diane White, CEO of Kingston Carers’ Network, expressed gratitude to both BBC charity and Wellcome for the support.
She said the six-figure amount will help the young caregivers interact with the world around them while meeting new people.
“The Kingston Carers’ Network team and I are thankful for BBC Children in Need and Wellcome, the grant would help us encourage young caregivers to grow their talents and find new ways to get to know the world around them.”
“We hope to give young people the chance to make new friendship networks and do what they love the most.”
The advantage for young carers from learning science and nature was emphasized by BBC Children in Need CEO Simon Antrobus as one of the major reasons why this financial support was beneficial for the Kingston Carers’ Network.
“We are happy to provide funding through our Curiosity programme to projects like the Kingston Carers’ Network,” he said.
“Our first fundraiser campaign proved that science is fun and interesting, but can, particularly, make a positive difference to the lives of these marginalized children and youth.”
“We aim to see more opportunities for children and young people in real life to learn and experience science through this new round of funding,” Antrobus said.
BBC Children in Need is currently funding more than £464,000 for nine projects in Kingston upon Thames.