Two young carers have been chosen as finalist for the prestigious South Wales Evening Post’s Pride Awards.
The young carers, aged 11 and 15 have been nominated in the Child of Courage category for their caring roles within the family.
The winner will be unveiled at the paper’s fifth annual awards at Fulton House in Swansea on Thursday (April 17).
One of the nominees, Harry who is 11, was nominated by the actor Michael Sheen for looking after his mum who has a number of health conditions including fibromyalgia and kidney stones.
In his nomination, Harry is described as “a charming, clever, impulsive, generous, and a know-it-all, just like any other 11 year old, but what strikes you most of all about him is his grown up ability to laugh at himself and to find the funny side in what life has offered him.”
After joining his local young carers group run by Powys Carers Service he made friends with another young carer who lives just down the road from him. He reckons that if he wasn’t a young carer he wouldn’t have met his friend - he always looks on the bright side of life, said his application.
The second young carer, Luke, was nominated by Carers Trust Wales for looking after his mum who has arthritis and a crumbling spine and his sister who has epilepsy and learning difficulties.
He joined the young carers group at Crossroads Care Swansea Neath Port Talbot two years ago and since then his confidence has soared. He was originally quite shy and timid, but now sits on the young carers’ grants panel and is a peer mentor to other young carers. His grades in school have gone from low to high and he is now a school mentor and a school bus monitor. His nomination written by the Young Carers Service Leader Donna Jones Lucas said: “there is no end to his services.”
Simon Hatch, Carers Trust Director for Wales, said: “Whoever receives the award will be a worthy winner, as both young carers have shown a real dedication to supporting their parents as well as going the extra mile to support other young carers.”