Two support workers for a Hartlepool organisation will reach new heights in their efforts to help carers – about 10,000 feet.
Alice Pearce and Roxanne Boagey, who work at Hartlepool Carers, have signed up to do a tandem skydive to help send 16 young carers to a national retreat.
It is a chance for them to get involved in surveys, camping, climbing and also give them a break from their caring roles and responsibilitiesAlice Pearce, Hartlepool Carers
They hope the sponsored leap from Peterlee Airfield on June 17, will help them achieve their £1,500 target towards the £2,500 cost.
Alice, a support worker and counsellor, said: “We are a charity and are really struggling with funds this year. We are looking to take a group of 16 of our young carers to Southampton for a young carer’s annual retreat.
“It is to build their self confidence and meet other young carers and carer organisations from all over the country.
“It is a chance for them to get involved in surveys, camping, climbing and also give them a break from their caring roles and responsibilities.”
Among the Hartlepool young carers hoping to go is 12-year-old Caitlin Surtees who cares for her mum, who has mobility problems and other issues.
Alice, 27, who lives on the Headland, added: “It can be quite an emotional rollercoaster. Caitlin is only young to have such responsibilities on her shoulders.”
She and support worker Roxanne, 22, of Owton Manor, will be strapped to a qualified skydiver for the jump.
Alice said: “I’m really nervous. I thought if I was going to do it I am going to do it properly and roped Roxanne in with me.”
People can sponsor Alice and Roxanne at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/alice-pearce