June 1st, 2018
Some of our incredible Young Carers had a trip up to London to visit the Houses of Parliament as guests of MP Chris Grayling.
What an experience it was to attend Tuesday’s drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace, sponsored by the Family Building Society. (Surrey Young Carers are one of their four charities.) Michelle Harper, Debbie Bell, along with two young carers Veronica and Billy travelled together to Waterloo - Veronica’s first ever journey on a train.
We walked to the House of Commons, taking photos on the way. Inside, we entered the amazing building - full of history, with wide stone staircases, huge murals on the walls, ceilings with detailed stonework and huge stained glass windows with so much detail you cannot take it all in.
We arrived a little early so used the opportunity to watch the final five minutes of a debate and then watched the session close. On arrival at the reception we were greeted by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP who made us feel very welcome. We enjoyed drinks and canapés whilst mingling with the guests inside and out on the terrace, watching the boats go by on the Thames. We stayed for the speeches before walking back to the train station to be on our way home. We all agreed we had been very lucky to be invited and to experience the whole evening was fantastic - the memory will stay with us all for a very long time.
A huge thanks to the Family Building Society, and also to Active Minibuses, who kindly gave a free taxi ride on the way home.