September really was a great month for fundraising. Two friends from the Youth Hostels Association ran hundreds of miles across the Pennines to raise money for an exciting young carer adventure. A colleague and three volunteers ran the Great North Run to raise money for the organisation and, to finish the month off, our Care Service organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning for carers and local residents. 

Ultra-running for a Young Carer Adventure!

Earlier this year, we were contacted by friends at the Youth Hostels Association. Paul Howlett, YHA Operations Manager North West, and Chris Edis, YHA Operations Manager North East, are two keen outdoorsmen who had the idea of running 247 miles across the Pennines in one week!

They wanted to use the trek to raise money for an activity week for young carers at a YHA site of our choice. This wasn't Paul's first charity fundraiser. He’s completed walks, runs, cycles and swims to raise money for carer projects in the North West, often with a two-stone teddy bear called Everest strapped to his back! Chris is also a fan of extreme outdoor activity, having competed at a high level in fell running for fifteen years and won County and British Championships. 

Today millions of young people live challenging lives. Together we can help create unforgettable moments in amazing places, on their first big adventure. With your support we can deliver experiences that have the power to change young people’s futures. Moments where young people believe in themselves for the first time, recognise their talents and develop the ambitions that will take them on a different path through life. For the millions of young people facing poverty, disability, long-term illness and other challenges, these moments are rare.

Paul Howlett, YHA Operations Manager North West.

Unfortunately the Pennines weren't the most comfortable place to be between 5-11th September. After a fairly comfortable start, the weather turned pretty nasty. Paul and Chris were forced to complete most of their run in pouring rain, making their efforts even more epic! But that didn't stop them.

They've now raised enough to give young carers a much deserved and very exciting break.

Overnight breaks have always been popular with our young carers and they can make a huge difference to personal wellbeing. They're not only an opportunity to relax away from caring, but they provide time with other people who empathise with their situation and opportunities to try activities that young carers otherwise might not have access to.

It frees your mind, helps you meet other young people who understand what you do and gives you a break from stress.

Cody, Young Carer.

And the fundraising doesn't stop there. In January, Paul will be out running again in the Winter Spine Race along the Pennine Way. At 268 miles over seven days, it is regarded as one of the World’s toughest endurance races!

Great North Run

If you live in the North East, you'll know that the Great North Run is a pretty big deal. The event brings thousands of runners and spectators into the region and is considered the most popular half-marathon in the country.

I've wanted to do the Great North Run for ages. It was an amazing day with such an awesome crowd cheering you on all the way. I'll definitely be back next year. Hopefully I'll improve on my time too.

Anthony Lea, Business Development Manager.

This year, we were supported by four runners fundraising on our behalf on 11th September. Emily Mason returned for her second run for Carers Trust Tyne and Wear and we were joined by Eric Lewis from the North East Music Foundation and new supporter Andy Shotton. Our own Anthony Lea also took part. 

Between them, our four runners raised over £1100!

Andy, Emily, Eric and Anthony going the extra mile at the Great North Run

Lush Cakes and Great Company

We finished off the month by fundraising for another charity. Staff from our Care Service volunteered their time making cakes and serving carers and local residents at our Macmillan coffee morning on September 30th.

The morning was a great opportunity for our Carer Support Workers to get more involved with our local community, as well as for our Thomas Brown to show off his baking skills. 

Baking runs the in the family. It's a tradition that's been passed down through the generations and I've got my kids involved now. Every day they ask me if they can do some baking. I wanted to support the morning as Macmillan is a charity that's close to our hearts. They supported my partner's family and she has always said that she'd love to help support them where she can.

Thomas Brown, Assistant Care Co-ordinator.

The morning was a great success, raising £162.50 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Jane, Michelle and Tammy show off some delicious treats at our Macmillan coffee morning

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