Mum and son brave the Hellvelyn Moonlight Walk in aid of Home-Start Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde

A mum and her son have been hailed Home-Start heroes after hiking up the country’s most popular mountain at night for the charity.

Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th July 2021, 12:32 pm

Olivia Carter and her 10-year-old son Frank Carter braved the Hellvelyn Moonlight Walk, raising more than £400 for Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, which supports families

through tough times.

Olivia, who is a personal leadership coach and mentor in St Annes, and Frank, who attends Lytham Hall Park school, walked for seven hours to complete the challenge.

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Olivia and Frank Carter

Olivia said: “I volunteered for Home-Start, Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre for 12 months supporting two families.

“Seeing the positive impact for parents and the children was so rewarding and I loved giving back to an amazing charity who were so supportive when we had twins.

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“Particularly during Covid challenges have become even more difficult for some families and we wanted to give back to a local charity.

“It was an amazing experience completing the Hellvelyn Moonlight walk.

“I’m so proud of Frank, who stepped in for his older brother at the last minute.

‘It certainly pushed us outside our comfort zone.

“Walking with the 20 people and our guide kept us going.

“It was tough at times but we kept going.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

Empowering others is at the heart of Olivia’s career working with corporate leaders and business owners.

She said: “I am a leadership coach and mentor, empowering female leaders to develop their leadership skills. I absolutely love seeing the shift and transition in confidence and seeing

female leaders have their voice heard and the positive impact this brings on their lives and others.”

Home-Start Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre helps families through life-changing events such as multiple births, mental health problems, financial issues and bereavement.

Dona Kirkham, corporate and community fund-raising manager, said: “The earliest years make the biggest impact: Home-Start makes sure those years count so that no child’s future is

limited.

“I am grateful for all our supporters and fundraisers and when the local community engages to support local families, it means the world to us.

“We cannot thank Olivia and Frank enough and we have extended our gratitude to Frank’s head teacher, Mrs Bowker at Lytham Hall Park, who has shown immense support to Home-Start

this year.”

If you would like to get involved email: [email protected]

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