Hartlepool Carers pair to do 10,000ft skydive to give youngsters a break

Hartlepool Carers support staff Roxanne Boagey and Alice Pearce with young carer Caitlin Surtees.
Picture by Jane Coltman

Hartlepool Carers support staff Roxanne Boagey and Alice Pearce with young carer Caitlin Surtees. Picture by Jane Coltman

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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 responsibilities

Alice 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