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Connor Hall shows his support for Bolton's Young Carers

17 January 2018

Wanderers striker Connor Hall was in attendance at a showcase event at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton on Tuesday evening to show his support for some of the town's young carers.

The evening itself, alongside seeing a number of youngsters share their inspiring tales of being carers for their loved ones, also saw a premiere performance of a charity single sung by young people and inspired by such stories in a bid to raise much-needed funds.

Written by local young singer/songwriter Casper Mason, the song was played out to those in attendance, including the Whites' very own Hall and Coronation Street actor Harry Visinoni, who plays Seb Franklin in the soap - a character who himself acts as a carer for his mother.

The Trotters' No.35 - who is also the club's Player Ambassador for Inclusion this term - was even put through his paces with some budding young journalists, with them asking him questions for a special podcast, alongside posing for photos and signing autographs.

Deborah Robinson, Senior Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Bolton, has worked with her colleagues over the last few months engaging with young carers in Bolton to find out about their lives and experiences and the impact caring has on their education, social life, independence, mental health and future aspirations.

Healthwatch wrote a report to detail their findings which will be shared with the relevant commissioners and general public but in addition to this, and to appeal to younger generations, they managed to create a record called 'Growing Older'.

Sung by three youngsters aged between 11 and 13, the trio were chosen from over 450 who originally applied.

The record is available to download on over 50 online stores for a small charge of which 50% will go to a local charity supporting young people. 

There is currently no support for young carers in Bolton, with the organisation hoping to see it now implemented so that the young people are supported to achieve in life while continuing to support their families, which is ultimately what they want to do.

Speaking following the event meanwhile, Hall said, "It was brilliant to come down here and lend my support.

"Even though I have only been at Bolton Wanderers for a short time, I realised very quickly just how important the local community is to the football club and anything we can give back to them is really worthwhile.

"The youngsters who interviewed me were fantastic and are an absolute credit to their families. They're an inspiration to everyone with what they do and they should be extremely proud of themselves."

To download the song and show your support for this worthy cause, please head to: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1327903143

Final Photo Credit: The Bolton News


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