Welcome to “My Time on the path”, a fundraising project for MyTIME charity for young carers.
Why do young carers need your help?
Young carers are children and young persons under 18 who provide care to a family member. They often assume a level of responsibility usually associated with adults. As a consequence, they have less time to enjoy their childhood.
The government has identified that support for young carers needs to be improved and that there are as many as 700,000 young carers in the UK. With budget cuts affecting youth services, the role of charities in supporting this ‘hidden army’ of young carers is becoming crucial.
Why do I want to help young carers?
When I was young, I cared for my mum who was terminally ill with cancer and had also broken her back. Sadly, she died on my 13th birthday. Looking after her was very important to me but I also longed to have the opportunity to be a child and have time to play. I didn’t know I was a young carer, I never got the opportunity to meet others in my situation and I felt isolated.
Why MyTIME charity for young carers?
What I missed the most as a young carer was time for outdoor activity and friendships. As a family, we are lucky to live in Dorset and have easy access to such beautiful surroundings.
There are 1,500 young carers in Dorset alone. MyTIME charity provides access to the great outdoors for young carers through respite breaks at their outdoor activity centre on the Isle of Purbeck. It is also an opportunity for young carers to make lasting friendships and share their experiences. The charity has very small overheads which means that the funds raised through this project will be used to enable more young carers to have a break.
How will I raise funds?
MyTIME’s outdoor centre is situated a few minutes walk from the South West Coast Path and I regularly hike on the Isle of Purbeck.
Walking and writing have always been an outlet for my emotions as a young carer, so to me, it makes sense to combine those activities and give young carers a bit of My Time as follows:
On 30 May 2016, I will depart from Minehead on a solo hike to The Lizard along the South West Coast Path. The hike covers 300 miles and will be completed in 4 weeks. I will be carrying a backpack weighing approximately 15 kgs as I will be camping out. Hiking this distance along the path is equivalent to ascending Everest twice.
As well as the physical challenge this represents, I will be sharing my story along the path to raise awareness of the issues young carers face. This will be mentally challenging – Young carers carry burdens into adulthood and the best way to lighten those burdens is to help them now.
How can you help?
- Donate to MyTIME: follow this link to JUST GIVING.
- Become a sponsor: email email@example.com
- Follow my story as I prepare for and progress on my hike.
- Spread the word – share this blog on social media.
- Find out more about young carers: have a look at our links below.