173 young carers and family members enjoyed a day out at the football on Saturday, February 9, as guests of Aldershot Town Football Club.
The club hosted carers from across North East Hampshire and Farnham and Eastleigh as a special treat for them in recognition of the selfless work they do.
They got free access to Aldershot Town's EBB stadium to see the match against Hampshire rivals Eastleigh FC.
The day was arranged by the CCG together with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Action for Carers Surrey, Hart Voluntary Action and the Diocese of Guildford.
A group of young carers was selected to serve as mascots. They were given a behind-the-scenes tour, meeting Aldershot Town's players and manager, seeing the dressing rooms and escorting the players onto the pitch.
Matchball sponsor and long-standing Aldershot Town supporter, Steve Brett, generously bought 100 Aldershot Town scarves to be distributed to the many carers who attended. These were gratefully received on a chilly winter's day.
They saw a very competitive match, with plenty of action and four goals. Although the Shots lost 1-3, they broke a goal famine in the league at the EBB with Bernard Mensah scoring to equalise early in the second half.
Gillian Trippner said: "It was great to see the mascots so excited and carers and families had such a great afternoon."
Clive Richardson, from the Diocese of Guildford, said: "Over 2,000 people attended the match, and will now be more aware of carers and what they do from the article in the matchday programme and information stands around the ground. The club’s commitment to our partnership, and willingness to help, have been phenomenal."