Published: 12th August 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have raised an amazing £4,248 for our Young Carers Project by taking part in the Tough Mudder Scotland event on Saturday 15  June.

Lee Tiffin, Patron of the Young Carers Project and owner of the Black Sheep Fitness Academy, organised and participated in the event in order to raise money for the charity, alongside Levi Cosker, Young Carers Project Lead and 28 members of the Black Sheep Fitness Academy.

Tough Mudder is a 10-mile mud run involving 26 challenging obstacles to conquer along the way. The money raised from the event will provide essential respite support for young carers living in South Tyneside by funding our Summer activity programme, residential breaks and exciting after-school activities such as: going out for meals, movies nights at the cinema and fun-filled evenings at Inflata Space.

Our Young Carers Project has been providing support to inspirational young carers and their families for 15 years. A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to care for a parent or relative who has an illness, disability, mental health difficulty or misuses drugs or alcohol. As a charity, we strive to protect and support our young carers and encourage them to be resilient, confident, ambitious, independent and ultimately to enjoy a positive childhood. As well as providing professional advice and support, we provide opportunities for young carers to enjoy some time to themselves and make new friends who are in similar situations to them.

Levi Cosker, Young Carers Program Lead, said “The money raised from fundraising events such as this one, is so important as it directly helps to fund clubs and activities for young carers living in South Tyneside. Young children looking after a parent or relative can feel isolated and this is where the support and activities, we offer can make a real difference by helping them get a break from their caring responsibilities and have childhood experiences which they truly deserve.”