Amanda Holden is taking on the challenge of a lifetime – the iconic Three Peaks Challenge. Amanda will scale the highest mountains of Wales, England and Scotland (Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis), climbing a whopping 10,476 feet in just 24 hours!
Alongside Amanda will be a team of ‘Mandy’s Mountaineers’, made up of incredible people from many of the charities that Global’s Make Some Noise supports. Kool Carers are delighted to announce that two of our young carers will be joining Amanda! Dylan Rae and Morgen Coates are taking on the challenge together with Amanda, walking for their own deeply personal reasons to help raise money to support small charities that work hard in our communities to help those who need it most.
My name is Morgen Coates.,I’m 18 years old,I’m a young carer and a student. I care for my mum and three younger siblings who all have complex needs. I am an emotional support pillar for my mum,I help her around the house, with paper work, helping get my siblings ready for school, with their homework and their uniform.
I started Kool Carers back in 2019,I was very depressed and anxious,I didn’t have many friends and the ones I did have wouldn’t hang out with me outside of school due to my carer responsibilities. The minute I stepped into the centre I immediately felt at home and I made friends for life, who never batted an eye at my situation. I never had to explain why I was feeling a certain way.
I wanted to do this challenge because of how I felt prior to starting Club,I didn’t see a point in being here,Kool Carers gave me a purpose.I’m doing this challenge for my friend Amira who took her own life in the first lockdown, and for all the other young carers who feel different to their friends, and don’t think their lives are normal, the young carers who don’t know they are young carers and who need people who understand and will never judge. That is what I found in Kool Carers ,with the staff and with the friends I have made.
This challenge was a chance for me to advocate for all unidentified and identified young carers who feel alone, because I promise you are not! I’m thankful to Rachel and global for giving me this opportunity
In April 2021,I was diagnosed with a brain tumour/lesion, a 5X9mm lesion in my left peri ventricular white matter. This was a big shock to me and my family, but the staff and people at Kool Carers helped me through it all. I struggled a lot to come to grips with everything but I was supported and am now stable and medicated.