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Celebrating our carers

UNSUNG heroes of all ages were invited to Celebrating Carers Day last Friday.

UNSUNG heroes of all ages were invited to Celebrating Carers Day last Friday.

The event recognised just a fraction of the 22,000 Silhillians, who look after a friend or relative.

Many of them are elderly or children - there are believed to be 700 young carers in the borough.

Fourteen-year-old Jayde Daniels is among them and she gave a presentation about her experiences.

Jamie Stevens, from Solihull Young Carers, talked about the responsibilities that many young people have.

“We’re in contact with around 50 young carers in Solihull, but we know this is just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“They’re aged five-18, though we know that there are children even younger who are helping to care for someone.

“I dealt with a case last year, when there was a four-year-old carrying washing up the stairs.”

At the other end of the scale is Alan Smith, a Balsall Common pensioner who provides care for his wife - who has Alzheimer’s.

“I think it’s only families who are aware about the amount of care that’s involved,” said the 78-year-old.

“Since I got involved with Solihull Carers, it’s been a lot easier - it’s very helpful to speak to people who understand.”

The organisation invited carers to the event, at Solihull Arts Complex, and there was a chance for people to share their experiences.

 

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