Socially aware schoolgirl Grace Dave has organised a Snazzy Sock fundraising day in aid of Gloucestershire Young Carers, engaging celebrities to help spread the word – even though she is just 10 years old.
Ruby Wax and Dr Dawn Harper are among those who have been approached by Grace to help her fundraising. Ruby Tweeted that she was inspired by the work of the charity and that it had been brought to her attention by Grace.
The Year 5 pupil at Hopelands School, Stonehouse, first heard about the challenges that young carers face while watching a CBBC TV programme.
She says: “I was watching this programme all about young carers and afterwards I thought ‘wow!’ I never knew that. I always thought parents had to look after their children but not that it could be the other way around. And then I thought ‘I am going to do something.’.
Her headteacher asked Grace to do some more research, so she arranged to meet Gloucestershire Young Carers’ Fundraiser Sarah Jackson and quizzed her about the charity and the work they do in support of young carers here in the county.
Then she wrote a speech and presented it to her school in an assembly.
She says: “At the start I didn’t explain anything. I just went for it. I made them imagine being a young carer and after telling them how their day might be I then told them that this was the life of around 160,000 young people in the country.”
Grace received permission from Hopelands School to run a Snazzy Socks Day – where the pupils wear crazy socks in return for a £1 donation to Grace’s fundraising campaign.
Mum Sara says: “Grace is most definitely on a mission to save the world. She really wants to make a difference.”
Sarah Jackson, of Gloucestershire Young Carers, says: “We are delighted that Grace has been inspired to come up with such a fun fundraising idea for our charity and we’ve also asked her permission to borrow her speech for our own presentations to community groups in the future.”
Now Gloucestershire Young Carers are encouraging supporters to join in the campaign by donning snazzy socks at home and in the office on May 25th, donating to Grace’s campaign and posting pictures on social media.
Everyone can join in by Tweeting @HopelandsSchool @glosyoungcarers #SnazzySocksGYC #awaretheycare. The snazzier the better and encourage everyone – even the office dog to join in.
Grace’s speech can be read here – please support her at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GraceDave