Many of the carers we support, such as eight year old Holly, may seem like any other child you could meet. They love to see their friends, make you laugh, go to the park and draw pictures. However, once you start to find out about their home situation and how it affects every other aspect of their lives, the reality is at times shocking.
Jessica is one of an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK. These young carers, often put their own needs to one side as they dedicate their time to a loved one.
With your support, we can reach more young carers like Jessica so that they can enjoy life in the way so many other young people do.
We would like to talk to you about something we never seem to have enough of, sometimes run out of and most importantly we all take for granted, and that is ‘time’.
Jennifer cares for two people, and is desperately in need of time for herself as a carer, as well as for the loved ones she cares for.
Can you guess what Grace would like for Christmas? Grace really does not want anything for herself. Grace is always putting her family first and this is especially true at Christmas.
Lucy, 12 care's for her mother who is registered blind. Read more about her story and how you can help.
Kirsten, 12, has cared full-time for her mother for three years. Find out more about the chalenges she faces and how you can help improve the lives of young carers across the UK.
Caring doesn’t stop at Christmas. Please show your support for carers by planting a tree in our digital fo rest.
Frank cared for his wife for almost 25 years until she recently passed away. Find out how he managed through this time and what other carers are going through.
In this video, Michael reveals some of the challenges that carers face, and highlights the huge number of people affected by these issues every day.
Josh cares for his mum who suffered a very serious back injury in an accident. He is no longer the carefree boy he used to be as he spends most of his time either helping or thinking about his mum.
Bernard has been caring for his wife, Jean, since 2000 when she had a serious stroke which left her partially paralysed and in need of a wheelchair. Now, at the age of 79, she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Pam Ferris, the actor, cared for her mother who was at the end of her life. She describes her experience as feeling "panicked" but knowing that she had to carry on for her mother. From her experience and through her interaction with other carers, Pam knows that there is a real and pressing need to support carers.
You can help the UK’s six million carers by telling your family, friends and colleagues to tune in to BBC One on Sunday 19th June (tune in from 4:30 pm) to learn more about the work we do and make a donation.
Winnie aged 80, alongside her husband, had been caring for their daughter, born with learning disabilities, for 50 years. When her husband suffered two heart attacks, she faced an even more demanding caring role when she became a carer for him as well.
Melanie's mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago. Only months later, her father became involved in a road accident which left him partially paralysed. Without realising it, Melanie became a "young carer." By the age of 12, Melanie had been caring for six years!