To conquer mountains for charity

Caroline Strathearn of 2 the Lighthouse is going to scale mountains for the charity Mind.'NBFP PA1512-1
Caroline Strathearn of 2 the Lighthouse is going to scale mountains for the charity Mind.'NBFP PA1512-1

A woman who “lost her teenage years to depression” will climb three mountains alongside a celebrity TV presenter in aid of charity.

Caroline Strathearn, 27, who lives at Flamborough Lighthouse, will join Presenter Anna Williamson in trekking the highest mountains in the Lake District over 24 hours – part of the Mind 3000s Challenge.

The mammoth undertaking will see Caroline conquer the highest mountains in the Lake District including Scafell Pike, with repeated ascents and descents on each mountain, with the aim of raising at least £1,000 for the mental health charity Mind.

Caroline, who suffered depression throughout her teenage years after the sudden loss of her auntie, said: “I don’t know how I ended up in a place where I was hurting myself physically but at the time I didn’t see any other way to release all of the emotions that I had building up inside.

“My pain just never went away, I spent my teenage years locked in my room and crying. I was jailed behind a false smile – I was trying to be the happy person everyone wanted me to be but inside I was dying. I lost my teenage years to my illness and I’ll never get them back.”

Caroline eventually found a release for her illness through poetry and counselling, and went on to channel her energy through becoming an occupational therapist.

She now wants to raise money for Mind so they can continue in providing vital help and support to those at their lowest points.

If you would like to sponsor Caroline you can do so by visiting www.mind.org.uk/caroline.