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Charlie, 11, On Life As A Young Carer

August 4, 2015

The Carers Trust, a charity working with families, says it comes across children as young as five who are looking after family members.

5 Live’s Lesley Ashmall spent time with 11-year-old Charlie, who cares for her sister and her disabled mum.

“I help with some of the cooking, the washing up, the cleaning,” said Charlie. “I help bath my sister, read her a story, get her in to her pj’s and up in to bed ready for her next day at reception. I make sure my mum takes her tablets at the correct time”.

Her mum Jackie added: “she is my life support, just being there for everything, she fills in every little gap or crack that is appearing.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Maria permalink
    August 4, 2015 11:51 am

    all because there is not enough funding to help people to get enough care, these children should be having their childhood, instead they have to miss out on it.

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