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Skelmersdale ice cream factory opens it's doors to young carers from Cheshire

Youngsters enjoy day out at R&R Ice Cream

Left, Alan Jones, Mentor Service Co-ordinator, Cheshire Young Carers, with a member of the Cheshire Young Carers group

A group of 25 young carers organised by Cheshire Young Carers has enjoyed a VIP tour of R&R Ice Cream’s Skelmersdale’s site (formerly Frederick’s Dairies). The tour was offered by R&R at a charity event where it was bought by M&S Bank who donated the prize to Cheshire Young Carers.

Alan Jones, Mentor Service Co-ordinator at Cheshire Young Carers said: “All our young carers do a fantastic job looking after their loved ones who face challenges including physical disability and mental health issues. This huge responsibility can impact significantly on a carer’s health and well-being and we are here to support and help them, so days out like this really help them and give them a much needed break.”

“Cheshire Young Carers are massively grateful to both M&S Bank and R&R Ice Cream for making this visit possible and everyone enjoyed it, particularly the opportunity to create their own cream cone.”

Steve Hempstock-Lowe, R&R’s, Q&A Manager at Skelmersdale, said: “We were delighted to offer this prize and it was enjoyed by the whole party. The group had a full factory tour, lunch, an ice cream quiz and took away a certificate of their visit, ice cream vouchers and their favourite products from our freezer cabinet.”

R&R’s Skelmersdale site has a core workforce of about 120 and manufactures a range of handheld ice cream and ice lolly products both under supermarket labels and under the Cadbury, Del Monte, Vimto, Britvic, Barratt’s Nestlé and Mondelez brand names.

Left middle back, Alan Jones, Mentor Service Co-ordinator, Cheshire Young Carer , Right back, Steve Hempstock-Lowe, QA Manager, R & R Ice Cream, Skelmersdale, with members of the Cheshire Young Carers group