25 Mar 2015

Young fundraiser Ambeya tackles the Great Wall of China for The Kidstime Foundation


MyDonate fundraiser Ambeya Begum has never been abroad. This September, however, she’ll be tackling the challenge of a lifetime by joining a sponsored trek across the Great Wall of China.

The Wall spans 5,000 miles. And Ambeya will be walking for nine hours a day, over ten days

This ambitious fundraiser will be raising money for The Kidstime Foundation – a charity that supports young people like Ambeya who find themselves juggling caring responsibilities with the challenges of childhood and growing up.

Ambeya’s story

Life is tough for people with mental illness - but it’s also tough for their children. Ambeya has been a carer for her mum, who has bipolar and schizophrenia, since she was five years old.

Now 20, Ambeya spent most of her childhood playing the mother role for her younger brothers. Being the eldest in her family she has had to juggle the role of keeping stability in the house whilst holding down a part time job at the local cinema and continuing her university studies.

Helping other children in her situation

“I don’t want to see children suffer the same things in life that I have had to deal with”

Ambeya has still found time to ‘give back’ through The Kidstime Foundation where she has been volunteering for more than a year now, and has recently been appointed as a trustee.

Based in London, The Kidstime Foundation was set up to support young people who are affected by parents or siblings that have a mental illness.

Through drama sessions and workshops held across the country, the charity provides the information, resources and support needed to help young carers better manage their roles at home and build resilience and confidence – which helps them build a brighter future for themselves.

Funds raised by supporters like Ambeya are used to help vulnerable children and young people protect themselves from the negative effects of living with and sometimes caring for a parent with mental illness.

Dr Alan Cooklin, trustee for the charity, explains: “The funds will help to develop the extremely popular Kidstime Workshops, for children and their parents. The workshops help children understand their parent's illness, help the children and parents to talk to and understand the effects on each other. As a result, the children's own resilience and self-confidence is improved.“

Easy to use fundraising site

Ambeya chose to use MyDonate for her fundraising because it’s free to use and every penny she raises will go straight to The Kidstime Foundation. But that’s not all. She adds: “What I like about the website is that it is easy to use – I also have the phone app which notifies me each time someone has made a donation.”

Eleven-year old Jacky says: “Kidstime allowed me to see my mum as a real person, despite her illness. Before that I had refused to even accept that she existed. Only after that could I feel that I could begin to grow up myself. It is so great that Ambeya, who I know has been through all that and worse herself, is fundraising for us. It really gives me hope.”

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