A SPONSORED walk along Fife’s scenic coastal path has raised £200 towards a holiday for young carers.
A team from a local holiday company joined with a representative from Fife Young Carers to walk a 17 mile stretch on Saturday, March 31.
They walked the first leg from Kincardine to North Queensferry and it is the first of nine sections totalling 81 miles which they hope to complete over the summer in three week intervals.
Canvas Holidays in Dunfermline is raising money to take 16 young carers and their support workers from all over Fife to a caravan holiday in Holland in September.
The group enjoyed seeing the Fife coast while picking up litter and keeping fit.
Mike O’Donnell from Canvas said: “Their legs were buzzing but they were delighted to have completed the journey.
“The sun was shining and there was a cold breeze but they had a great time and felt brilliant after, because it is a fantastic cause to be involved with.”
Other fundraising activities have raised a total of £400 so far, and the energetic team have climbed Ben Lomond, carried out a collection at a Raith Rovers game, and individual efforts of running half marathons.
Last year they raised nearly £3000 and sent 12 young carers on a trip to a holiday park outside Paris.
Mr O’Donnell said: “Considering in 2011 this was the first time we had done anything like this, we produced a brilliant holiday for the young carers.
“This year we are determined to create another set of great memories for these young carers.”
Nina Collins, information officer at Fife Young Carers said: ”It is a fantastic experience for the youngsters who are all aged between eight and eighteen, and for many it is a first holiday for them.
“It gives them the opportunity to be a child again.”
Fife Young Carers provide individual and group support for young people under 18 who take on the role of a primary carer for a member of the family who may suffer from long term illness, disability or drug or alcohol abuse.
The charity also provides day trips which enables the children to mix with others their own age.