Scaling new heights for ‘hidden’ young carers

Craig Jackson
Craig Jackson

A fundraiser from Warton proved he had a head for heights when he abseiled down the CIS Tower in Manchester for charity.

Craig Jackson descended the near 400 foot high tower in aid of The Co-operative’s Charity of the Year, Carers Trust.

Craig, who is a customer advisor at The Co-operative, joined around 100 colleagues who set sail down the landmark building in a bid to raise money to provide breaks, information, advice, support and services for 14-25-year-olds facing the challenges of caring.

He said: “Even though it is likely to affect most families at some time, it often remains a hidden issue with young people all around us taking on incredible levels of caring responsibilities all too often to the detriment of their own health, well-being and aspirations.

“I really wanted to do something to raise money for Carers Trust and to support the work it does in our communities. So far, people have pledged almost £300 and so I would really like to thank them for the encouragement and support shown. This was an incredible opportunity to make a difference and, it is an experience that I certainly won’t forget in a hurry.”

More than £2.5m has been raised by its staff, members and customers since the Charity of the Year partnership was launched at the start of this year by Sugababe singer Jade Ewen, herself a young adult carer.