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Your gift could give a young carer like Mya a much needed break

Mya has been caring for her disabled Father since she was five years old. Mya didn't even realise she was 'caring'; she just thought she was helping her Dad, Jeremy, a double amputee, with the basics of washing clothes, going to the shops and generally getting him around.

As she got older, her caring role increased to ensuring her father was taking his medication, cleaning the house, cooking, getting money from the cashpoint and taking her Dad to his hospital appointments.

Now 18, Mya, like so many young carers, shows great maturity for a teenager. As a young carer she needed to grow up very quickly while having to communicate with medical professionals and rooms of adults about her Dad's care, doing her own research into his conditions and adapting to his changing needs.

''Spurgeons are my young carer family and the people there have saved my life.''

Mya has been attending the Spurgeons' Birmingham Young Carers group since she was 6-years-old.

''They've been brilliant, both at our regular sessions and on some fantastic family trips, like when we go to the cinema and sometimes to the seaside.''

''They've helped me when I've been struggling; like the way they supported me when I was being bullied at school.''

Recently Mya appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show to highlight the pressures of being a young carer.

Your gift can help us continue our essential care and support for young carers who are struggling to cope

Help give a young carer like Mya a much needed break

£12 could help pay for materials for our weekly and monthly groups where young carers can meet others in similar situations to themselves

£24 could help pay for a young carer to enjoy a trip out, allowing them to take a much needed break from burdens and responsibilities

£48 could help pay for a young carer to have a one-to-one support session with a Support Worker

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