YOUNG carers from the Rushmoor and Hart areas, aged from 10 to 15 years, will spend an action packed day, free from their caring responsibilities, at the Scout activity centre in Aldershot, thanks to support from Toshiba at Camberley and Frimley.

Toshiba is footing the bill for the day, around £400, which will take place in September. Archery, canoeing, abseiling, climbing, caving and shooting are all being lined up for the youngsters to try, along with a BBQ where all they have to do is eat and enjoy.

"Young people who spend a lot of time looking after a member of their family or someone close don't get the same opportunities as other youngsters to let their hair down and just enjoy themselves," said Angela Murphy of Toshiba, Camberley, when she visited the centre to meet the people who are arranging the day.

"It's going to be a great day for the youngsters," added Pam Thorley of Toshiba, Frimley. "It will be a chance for them to try out many activities, probably for the first time."

The day is being organised by Hampshire Youth Services and Social Services, in conjunction with Rushmoor Voluntary Services. Fully qualified instructors, from the Scout activity centre, will make sure that everyone enjoys the day in a safe way.

"As with many initiatives, it is always funding that is vital and so this support from Toshiba will make a real difference and give the children a day to remember and talk about," said Glenda Bryant, young carers youth worker with Hampshire social services.