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Here we are sharing some of our fundraisers amazing achievements in raising money for us.

 

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Ambeya’s Superhero Skydive

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What perfect timing it was to skydive for Kidstime – the day before World Mental Health Day 2016. Like my China Trek, words cannot fully express what it felt like to complete a skydive. It was simply incredible. From physically shaking whilst signing the declaration before the jump, to landing with the biggest smile on my face, it just goes to show how much and how quickly emotions can change. I can still remember anxiously watching the timer and seeing our altitude climbing knowing; that we were only 5000ft up and still had another 5000ft to go before jumping. If I have to be honest, the worst part (before I said that I loved it!) was when the door of the plane opened. The guy attached to me was on the edge of the plane – whilst I am already dangling in the air! Skydiving made me realise what it is like to put your full trust in someone with your life. But, I don’t want to put anyone off by saying all this.

After jumping out and freefalling for a good 30-40 seconds, it indeed feel like I was diving into the clouds. Feeling the clouds and water particles hit your face feels so refreshing; however grey the clouds look from down below. At least the sun was out when the parachute opened. And that’s when it actually hit me that I’m a few minutes away from completing a skydive. Being up there makes you forget about everything and everyone for a moment. It’s a moment truly to yourself. You have no cares in the world in that moment – all I could actually think about is how long it took for this day to come and how quickly it’s all going to end. The world looks so much nicer from above the ground we walk on. I’m a wimp when it comes go heights. But up there, height wasn’t even an issue. In my opinion, being on a rollercoaster is scarier.

I had the patience to wait over year and a half for an hour of what I could call the best hour of my life. It’s given me back the confidence I had lost and I could not have done it without everyone’s encouragement and support. Kidstime will always stay dear to me. Children affected by parental mental illness are still sometimes left in the dark and its through these crazy events that I organise that I can help raise awareness of the young people Kidstime help. Completing a skydive has always been something important to me; but to know that I have done it for a good cause makes the whole feeling 100x better. I hope one day, these young people are given the life and opportunities which they have wished to have for all these years. I hope me completing this skydive has helped raise further awareness of how we support children with parents with a mental illness. I hope one day, that like myself, everyone can turn around and say ‘Yes, I said I would and could do it, and now I’ve done it.’ Never let anyone stop you from living your life or doing something you’ve dreamed of doing. Because it’s that mentality and negative attitude that makes the work even harder for charities like Kidstime to deal with. Only joking. Kidstime will always be there to support you.

Now it’s time to plan my next adventure!

Ambeya’s Great Wall of China Walk

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Ambeya Begum, a former attendee of Kidstime workshops, completed a life-changing trek along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for the Kidstime Foundation in September 2015. We’re very proud of her commitment and determination and wish her well on her continued adventures. Thank you!

“I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to trek the Great Wall of China but to do it in order to raise money for the Kidstime Foundation was simply incredible. No words or pictures would be able to describe my experience there, but what I can say is that it will probably be one of the most rewarding and exciting things I have done in my life so far. Being able to experience a whole new country, culture and environment with a bunch of strangers I met at the airport for departure has turned my life around. I met some of the most amazing, inspiring people who I hope to organise more trekking adventures with. Being able to speak about the Kidstime Foundation and give a talk about the work we do for children looking after parents with a mental illness at the top of Great Wall gave me a spark of hope for the charity. I wish I could go back and do it all over again! I would like to thank everyone who supported me with my fundraising; especially Odeon Marble Arch for allowing me to hold fundraising events which made a huge success. This will not be the end of my adventures, it’s only just the beginning. I will carry on raising money for the Kidstime Foundation and make sure young carers have a better future ahead of them.”        

Ambeya

 

 

Kirsty’s 10k Run

One of our determined young people, Kirsty Tahta-Wraith, also took on a personal challenge in March, participating in the Salomon Citytrail™ Richmond 10K run  raising funds for The Kidstime Foundation. Thank you Kirsty!

“Growing up as a young carer for my father with bi-polar disorder had its fair share of difficulties. Nearing the end of the journey of childhood, I am so aware of the necessary help the Kidstime workshop group gave me and my family and thus where we would have been without it. There are so many other children like me, but drastically less people aware of their role and willing to help them. The money I raise for The Kidstime Foundation WILL change this!

Though I’m not strictly a kid anymore, the support I received and continue to receive from the Kidstime Foundation has stayed with me. It remains credited for many of my past, present and future achievements. Please donate, and enable other children to flourish too.

I will be running a 10 kilometre race on the 22nd of March 2015. All of your donations will go towards the Kidstime Foundation. This is my effort to support those who supported me. Please show your support and donate what you can!”

Kirsty’s sponsorship page is here.

To hear more from Kirsty and her feelings about the work we do and the support children need when dealing with parental mental illness please see the article for The Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal she featured in, and her article in the Mail on Sunday, plus a video piece she did for The Guardian.

Hear more from her in this video piece.