Nine young carers helped sail the Solent in a confidence building Tall Ships Adventures weekend.
The trip was organised to give West Sussex young carers respite from their caring responsibilities, build their self-esteem and develop friendships.
All nine young people quickly rose to the challenges of seafaring, growing in confidence and ability throughout the weekend.
Rachel, one of the young carers, said: “I had an amazing time during the Tall Ships challenge. I overcame my fear of heights and ropes and am glad I had the opportunity to experience sailing.
“I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to have a great time bonding and making memories. I enjoyed every minute and would love to have this experience again.”
Special weekends away for young carers rely on donations from local businesses and charitable organisations.
This event took place thanks to local fundraising efforts by the Cuckfield and Lindfield Inner Wheel Club, who raised money through an autumn fashion show.
Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for children – start of life, said: “The skills these nine young carers took on-board during this weekend away will help them invaluably in the future.
“We hope that other local businesses and charitable organisations will be interested in donating to give other young carers these kinds of opportunities.
“The kind fundraising by the Cuckfield and Lindfield Inner Wheel Club has given these young carers a weekend they may never forget.”
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