The utterly inspiring Emily Bleakley, a Young Carer from Newtown High School, is diving out of a plane to raise funds for Credu Connecting Carers and Cancer Research.
Emily, now 16 years old, is passionate about raising awareness and funds for these Charities after Caring for her Mum who died of cancer when she was just 14 years old. She explains why:
‘I’m a young carer for my younger brother who has autism. Before this, my caring role was completely different as I used to care for my mum who recently died from terminal cancer. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I am finding this period in my life pretty difficult as it means balancing school with my caring role and processing the grief of my mum.
However, by speaking out about my caring journey and raising funds for Carers and for Cancer Research, I am able to support others, whilst also making a positive impact on my own well-being. It also means that I can continue my mum’s legacy of helping others and hopefully make her proud.
As you know, being a carer is not always miserable. During my time raising awareness of young and young adult carers, I have met the most fantastic people, each with their own views and experiences to share.
The best thing for me is knowing that the support we receive in our local communities can encourage others to step forward and spread the message of carers far and wide. This all takes us one step further in making sure everyone knows who we are, what we do and how they can support the people behind the stories.
Emily will bravely leap from and aeroplane on the 8th February 2020, you can help her raise funds by Clicking HERE
Credu is a Powys based charity that supports 3000 Young and Adult Carers across Powys as well as Young Carers in North Wales and Adult Carers in Ceredigion.
Cancer Research is dedicated to saving lives through research and bringing forward the day where all cancers are cured.