NATASHA KRYWALD, BCAv
‘Tasha’ was just three years old when she lost her father to cancer and 8 when her life changed again. Her mum became very ill – ‘one morning mum was putting on my socks for school, the next morning I was putting on her socks’. Tasha has been her mum’s carer ever since. She created a YouTube channel to document her experiences to help other young carers deal with the isolation and grief.
Tasha’s grasp on the value of life, led her to create a homeless project in 2016 when she was just 16. She slept rough with nothing besides an old sleeping bag and the clothes she was wearing, allowing others to sponsor her, giving her the opportunity to show people that homelessness can happen to anyone. Tasha documents this journey on her YouTube channel to raise awareness of the social challenges facing society today. Following this experience, she made 20 care packages for local homeless people, containing food, clothing, plastic sheets, toiletries and a handwritten letter explaining that they were not alone.
Tasha has also written a book about being a young carer which she is giving to every young carer, 3000 in total, offering them hope for their future.
Nominated by: Callum Tompkins