Young Mansfield carer says a huge thank you

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A Mansfield woman has undertaken one of the biggest challenges of her life by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity Carers Trust.

But nothing, she said, could compare to the sacrifice and dedication required of a young carer.

Joanne Galazka (24), an ex-Meden school pupil, formerly of Ravensdale Road, raised £6,300 for the support service by taking on the 19,341 ft Tanzanian peak.

Said Joanne: “It was one of the hardest things I have ever done - you are on the mountain seven days a week and eight hours a day.

“But carers can never give up and this was my way of saying thank you - people do not realise what Carers Trust does.”

Joanne’s young life radically changed at the age of nine, when her mother was diagnosed with severe depression and bi-polar disorder.

The Cardiff University graduate, now a community coordinator for Unite, was the eldest of four children and helped look after her younger siblings.

She said: “I had a support worker from Carers Trust, who gave me the confidence that I was allowed to dream outside family life.

“I never thought I would get to university. It was just someone at the end of the phone when you have so much responsibility.”