Everyday Heroes Awards: Let’s show a young carer how important they are

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As we go through each category for this year’s Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with the Harpur Trust, one category stands out.

Today we’re looking at the Young Carer Award, sponsored by Heart Academies Trust.

There are 800,000 young carers aged 5-17 who care for an adult or family member in the UK and we want those in Bedford Borough to be recognised for what they do.

“It is always incredible to see what young carers and what is asked of them,” said David Morris of Heart Academies Trust.

“We have been amazed in all of our schools how our young carers are able to care for others at home whilst also looking after themselves and at the same time often excelling at school.

“Young carers need to be recognised and applauded because they are truly remarkable and this is why we take so much pleasure in sponsoring this award.”

Young Carer sponsored by Heart Academies Trust

To be nominated for this award, the carer must be under the age of 18. Being a kid is hard enough but these genuine heroes give up so much to help often without people outside of their immediate family being aware of their sacrifices.

While a young carer may also do the same things that an adult carer does, they may also have to carry out daily tasks that non-carer children only do occasionally, such as cooking or cleaning.

They often then don’t have time for themselves or school work.

They may also have to help someone like a parent get dressed and move around, and give them a lot of physical help and emotional support, too.

More guidance on young carers can be found here.

Nominate a Young Carer here

Please remember the nomination must be for activities carried out between January and December 2023.

You can nominate an everyday hero who deserves to receive the Excellence in Education award at the form below by midnight on 31 January 2024.

2022 winner: Isla Keep

Isla spent most of her childhood helping care for her brother Joe.

She is amazing with him, supporting and helping him with all his physical and emotional needs. Isla has sacrificed so much because of her brother.

She never complains and is always happy. She is amazing.

Young Carer of the Year Isla Keep (r) with David Morris from Heart Academies Trust at the Quarry Theatre for Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2022

Highly commended: Highly Commended: Josh Phillips, Joshua Lynch, Lily Fraser

Highly Commended Young Carers (l-r) Lily Fraser Josh Phillips and Joshua Lynch with Julia Course Crofts from the Bedford Independent and David Morris from Heart Academies Trust at the Quarry Theatre for Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards 2022.
Highly Commended Young Carers (l-r) Lily Fraser Josh Phillips and Joshua Lynch with Julia Course from the Bedford Independent and David Morris from Heart Academies Trust.

You can find out more about the Bedford Independent Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust, and the other categories open for entries here.

 
 
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