A Young Carer who became a BBC Children in Need hero when he took part in the famous Rickshaw Challenge has turned to pumpkins in his latest quest to raise vital money for a South Lakes charity.

Josh Marshall, from Carnforth, raised huge amounts by cycling 400 miles in the 2019 Rickshaw Challenge with a team of youngsters and TV presenter Matt Baker.

His latest project of growing and selling pumpkins has raised a total of 185 pounds with all proceeds going to Carer Support South Lakes – as a thank you for the support it has given him over several years.

Josh, who is 19, helps look after his younger brother who has the condition ADNP and needs round the clock care.

Debi Marsden, the acting CEO of Carer Support South Lakes, says: “Our thanks go out to Josh for continuing to support us in all his fund-raising efforts. Fundraising is a lifeline for most charities and ours is no exception – whether the donation is big or small.”

Carer Support South Lakes’ biggest fund-raising event of the year – The Carers Ball – on Friday, November 19 – is hugely significant - especially as last year’s had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

There are still a handful of tickets left for the ball which is held at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal. If you could donate charity auction or raffle prizes – or would like to attend – contact Marian Graveson the Charity’s Business Development Manager marian@carersupportsouthlakes.org.uk

Carer Support South Lakes helps improve the lives of unpaid Carers in a variety of ways. It has support groups and a sitting service which enables Carers to take respite breaks from their caring responsibilities. It also offers Young Carers days out or the chance to take part in activities which give them a break from their caring roles.

All of the support work would be impossible without donations from the public.

Debi Marsden says: “We rely on the kindness of businesses, organisations, groups and individuals like Josh to support our events and help us raise essential funds to ensure we can provide the free support and respite activities for carers, to allow them to continue to carry out their vital caring role for their loved ones.”