Ella* is 25 and spends over 100 hours each week caring for her parents.
Ella’s parents have complex and multiple health conditions including Parkinson’s, bipolar disorder, dementia, epilepsy and arthritis.
They rely solely on Ella to meet their caring needs and are reluctant to accept outside help. As a result, Ella has found it hard to maintain a job or course. Ella therefore relies on Carer’s Allowance to pay for food and other expenses such as heating and petrol costs to help her parents.
But Ella is very interested in holistic therapies and dreams of starting her own business. And with support from her local Carers Trust carer service, she was able to apply for a grant which has paid for the courses she needs to get her business started.
"The money would help me achieve my goals much quicker than I would be able to myself.”
*Identities and photos of carers have been changed in the interest of privacy.