Commandos, carers and cadets

20 May 2013

Four North Devon based Army Cadets have enjoyed a visit to the Royal Marine Base at Chivenor. The trip was organized by 'Carewise' Young Carer Support Worker Jim Harvey, who is also an Adult Instructor with Devon ACF, and Royal Marine Captain Matthew Grey and set out to give the children an exciting an interesting day out.

What made this event special were the young people who participated. The group was made up of young carers; children who play a caring role for an ill or disabled family member and who whose lives are impacted on by the family situation.

During the visit the group visited 22 Squadron Search and Rescue, shot on the DCCT range and took part in team games around the assault course before enjoying artic rations for lunch.

Jim said of the day “It has been a superb day and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would like to thank Captain Grey and his staff for making this event possible.”

“Days out like this are extremely important to young carers who do not always get the opportunities to relax, socialise and have fun that others take for granted.”

Captain Grey said of the event “I was delighted to be asked to host the Carewise group when they approached Royal Marines Chivenor and asked to visit us for the day. Meeting such a group of young and enthusiastic children of different ages was a real privilege. They approached every task with determination and real energy, and should be proud of how they behaved in cold and very uncomfortable conditions in such good humour.”