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Kash Kurup

Cycling Prudential 100 miles on Sunday 4 Aug

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][br][/p][p][img]//:0[/img]I am cycling 100 miles on Sunday 4 August 2019 in the Prudential Ride London and raising money for the benefit of the registered charity Camden Carers Service (CCS). [/p][p]CCS offers advice, support and activities for families and unpaid carers across the borough.[/p][p]CCS priorities are to:[/p][p]• Offer help and advice to carers • Identify new carers needing support [/p][p]• Give carers a voice in design of local services.[/p][p]For more information about CCS please visit: www.camdencs.org.uk[/p][p][img]//:0" alt="page1image2981024" height="70.972000" width="164.410000[/img][b]Please read "My story" as told by Gloria[/b][/p][p][i](Name has been changed for anonymity)[/i][/p][p]My name is Gloria and I would like to tell you my story.[/p][p]A big part of the reason for this is to encourage young adult carers to recognise their role and to get support as soon as possible, to ensure that they are able to maintain a good quality of life for themselves whilst supporting the person with care needs. It was many years into my caring role before I realised (or was told) I was a carer and until this time I had struggled alone. I do not want this to happen to others.[/p][p]Therefore, I tell my story.[/p][p]My life as a carer started in 1994 when my son was born with a serious medicalcondition. I didn’t consider myself a carer, it was just my duty as his mother tolook after him. For a long time I tried hard to ignore that he had a disability. Idid not want him to be treated “Differently” by people and I did not want him to be “Labelled”.[/p][p]When my son entered his teens, his father and I split up thus making the entire caring role my responsibility, forcing me to leave my job that I enjoyed so that I could care for my son full time. (I also had other children to care for) My days involved giving him his medications, helping him to get dressed and ready for school, frequent doctor appointments and hospital visits. Due to his condition, he did not have a normal school routine. Some days it would be okay, but other days would be very difficult due to his health. Often during the night, he would have problems resulting in needing to call an ambulance. So many night with no sleep. It was exhausting. Sometimes he would sleep perfectly at night, but the following day he would be ill at school.[/p][p]It was only after him having another operation, with my feeling total desperation, with no money and no job and all of his care on my shoulders, that a friend of mine FORCED me to realise I WAS A CARER. She supported me to apply for DLA and helped me to fill in the forms. I had never realised I was entitled to any financial support for my son or myself. A part of me knew I needed help but I was in denial. I thought I was the only one able to look after him properly. Caring for him gave me a distraction from the difficulties in the rest of my life. I did not want to admit I could not cope alone.By this time, I had been a carer for 13 years but I had never realised it.[/p][p]I had never had support or help from anybody. This was the hardest time of my life. At the same time as claiming DLA I was given counselling where I was advised of Camden Carers Service. It was incredibly helpful and since then my life has changed completely. I would not have survived until now without their help. Until I got support as a carer, my self-esteem was very low. I didn’t do anything in my life for me. I didn’t go out with any friends, I didn’t go to the cinema, I didn’t go on holiday, I didn’t go to the hairdresser. I didn’t doanything for myself. I was very isolated. I could feel my life was deteriorating. The only reprieve I had was when a mum from school would invite to a café for coffee, which she paid for otherwise I could not afford to go.[/p][p]Little by little, with the support of Camden carers, I started to recover my confidence and I began to understand that I was important too. It was necessary to look after myself, not only to be able to support my children properly but also because I deserved to have a normal and happy life. I had been so long on my own in this role that I was physically and emotionally exhausted. Camden carers helped me learn to balance emotions and to recover my self-confidence. They supported me in all aspects, from filling out important forms for DLA and medication, to counselling support, nutrition and housing. They invited me to participate in a variety of activities, where I socialised and made new friends.[/p][p]Even though I had previously lost my job that I had thoroughly enjoyed, I am now enjoying painting, pottery, yoga, pilates and many other activities provided by Camden carers service. I am feeling so much stronger in myself that I have also volunteered to work with a dementia group. That was a wonderful experience, not only in learning and giving my time to others, but also in the knowledge that I am this new, brave, capable and strong woman.[/p][p]Yes, I am a carer, but that does not define me. I am ME and I am a carer.[img]//:0" alt="page1image1807200" height="96.955000" width="69.500000[/img][/p]

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Jun 26, 2019

David

Good luck Kash - hope the weather is with you - looking forward to seeing you later today for a catch up

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 20, 2019

Anonymous

Well done Kash. Another good challenge. Keep on cycling. Caroline

£30.00

Jun 20, 2019

Jason Pennycooke

Go get em Kash. I’ll join you on the next one!

Jun 17, 2019

Anonymous

Keep pedaling Kash. Good luck Natalie & Stanley

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2019

Debbie-Steve-Saffron x

You’re incredible x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2019

Kate H

Wish I could be there to cheer you on.... keep cycling, Kate x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2019

Tibor

More power to your calves!

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2019

Linda Barry and all the Lewis Clan

Keep on pedaling and mind the pot holes

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2019

Paul

We are both mad

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2019

Harriet xxx

Nice one Sergent Major...Piece of cake after your last years LEJOG! xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid