YOUNG carers in Pembrokeshire will be able to go on holiday this year after winning £5,000 in Principality Building Society’s community vote.

Pembrokeshire Young Carers, which is run by Action for Children, fought off stiff competition from hundreds of entrants to receive the prize and a December 2014 Christmas party from Wales’ largest building society.

The service, which offers support, information and fun activities for young carers aged eight to 25 years old who live in Pembrokeshire, will use the money to take the young carers on day trips and holidays, giving them a break from their everyday caring roles and an opportunity to enjoy the activities that young people often take for granted.

Christina Smith, a young carer from Pembroke Dock, looks after her disabled mother.

The 17-year-old said: “This money from Principality means everything to us. It will really make a difference to the group and our lives. Pembrokeshire Young Carers support me and make things easier for me. I know that there are people there for me that can help me if I am having a difficult time and I am really pleased they have won this money.”

Rhian Lloyd from Pembroke Dock has Crohn’s disease and is cared for by her nine-year-old daughter Sadie.

Rhian said: “Pembrokeshire Young Carers gives Sadie the chance to go out and play with children her own age. There she is able to be a child, rather than having to grow up so fast; she is able to do what she should be doing. I am not well and I am in and out of hospital so I can never guarantee to take her away on holiday or anything so this money from Principality is brilliant as it will allow her to go away and have a break.”