Reader letter: James’ story shows that carers deseerve a better deal

Young carers, members of the Norfolk Young Carers Forum, at the launch of their campaign Carers in M

Young carers, members of the Norfolk Young Carers Forum, at the launch of their campaign Carers in Mind. From left, Chloe Hembling, 15; Conner Forshaw, 15; James Simmons, 14; Callum Rose, 20; Lynne Haverson, 14; Catherine Farnham, 22; and Annaleise Attoe, 15. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

I expect that I am not the only one humbled to read about young carer James Simmons who has looked after his ailing mum and younger brother since he was nine years old.

I am filled with admiration for this youngster who has missed so much of his childhood doing what amounts to almost a full time job whilst trying to keep up with his education.

At the same time I am deeply ashamed that our modern society does not seem capable of providing adequate support for young people who find themselves in such a situation.

How can local politicians and those responsible for social care read about James without shedding a tear as I did? Are we so hell bent on providing all sorts of support in other parts of the world that we overlook our own people?

I think the answer must be yes, and it's high time we gave carers such as James a better deal.

BILL WOOLNOUGH

Hilton Road

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