A Harrogate charity is scaling new heights in the way it offers support to the growing number of young people who juggle school with looking after a loved one.
Young Carers’ Resource, based at North Park Road in Harrogate, is marking its 20th anniversary with the launch of its toughest challenge – to conquer the Three Peaks.
Today Wednesday (27 July 2016), six young carers, aged 13 to 16, will be walking and climbing Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – a distance of 25 miles, and a total climb of 7,000ft.
Accompanied by young carer workers from the charity, they aim to complete the trek within 12 hours, earning membership in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Official Club.
The team – Robert Walker, Stephen Kirk, Andrew Cartwright, Honour Kesteven, Harry Beaton and Jessica Johnson – has been in training for the challenge by walking around Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs before taking on Simon’s Seat as the final part of their preparations.
As well as marking the 20th anniversary milestone, the team is also raising funds for the charity so it can continue to meet the needs of young carers across the county.
It funds an expanding range of activities – ranging from a sailing weekend on the North Sea to visits to the Pantomime – designed to give young carers a much-needed break from the day-to-day pressures their role brings.
The outings also provide an opportunity for them to meet other young carers, share their experiences, and forge new friendships.
Young carer worker James Woodhead-Dixon, said:
The challenge has really caught the imagination of all those taking part, none of whom have attempted anything like this before.
We are always looking to break new ground in the range of activities we run for young carers – and this is our toughest yet.
The challenge itself, and all the training we have done in the run up to it, is a great opportunity for teambuilding, promoting self-esteem, and improving health and well-being.
- Anyone wishing to pledge their support for the young carers can donate online at www.justgiving.com/youngcarersharrogate and follow their progress at www.youngcarersresource.org