I have decided to take part in the BBC Children In Need event this year, I watch it on the TV every year and always wish I could do something to make a difference. I have been supported by various charities over the years and I feel like it’s time to give something back. Not only that, I also want others to have the chance to be supported so the more funding there is, the more help will be available. I am doing this for all charities involved with Children In Need but here are my 4 main reasons for wanting to get involved with fundraising this year..
I was a young carer aged 11 – My mum suffered quite badly with PND after having my youngest brother and I was supported by a young carers group in my local area, this group helped me realise that I wasn’t the only young person looking after their siblings/parents and I soon came to realise that I wasn’t on my own. If it wasn’t for this group I would have continued to feel like my life was different to everybody elses.
My youngest brother has Autism – Fragile-X Syndrome, Hypermobility & is hyper sensory. It took a while to get diagnosed but with the help of various family orientated charities we were able to get the right help. We are now involved with an amazing team of people called CAOT who do an amazing job of supporting families of children with autism. It would be great to give a little something back.
Support workers – Over the years I have been supported by a handful of different charities/support networks including CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service) I have had help with my anxiety, depression & support when I fell pregnant at 16, this brings me onto my next reason..
I am a young parent – If you read my blog or follow me on social media you will know that I am a very proud young parent to my little girl Alyssia. I am now 19 and she is 21 months old. When I was pregnant I had ongoing support from different charities & schemes including health visitors and CAMHS that helped me get my own flat at just 17. I had my baby and was supported by a ‘teenage pregnancy midwife’ who was amazing.
I would like to give something back this year and raise awareness & support. If it wasn’t for the help I have had by these amazing charities & groups over the past 5 years I wouldn’t be standing where I am today and that is the honest truth. My life was put back together when I finished my last CAMHS session in March 2016. I can’t thank these people enough for what they have done for me and I want others to be able to get the same kind of help and support that I got which is why I have set up this Fundraising Page.
*Donations go straight to BBC Children In Need.
You can donate online via my justgiving page or you can Alternatively you can text LISS58 £1 to 70070.