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Comic Relief Cares
Find out how Comic Relief cash is helping Barnardos Carefree Service which supports young carers across the East Midlands.
Comic Relief is all about trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people living in abject poverty, or facing terrible injustice, both across Africa and the UK.
Money from last year's Red Nose Day has been helping children across Leicestershire who are provide primary care for their disabled parents.
With your donations Barnardos Carefree Young Carers Service has been able to widen it's reach to support young carers who are also asylum seeking refugees.
Listen: Comic Relief Cares
BBC Radio Leicester's Samantha Appleby has been talking to people at the Barnados Carefree Project.
There are an estimated 175,000 young carers across the UK whose lives are dramatically affected by the responsibilities they have.
The youngest primary carers Carefree works with are just six years-old and the average age, both locally and nationally, is 12.
Service Manager Nicky Thompson says that typically these children will be running the household, "basically they're doing whatever the parent isn't well enough to do within that home".
This can include doing the cooking and cleaning, providing emotional support, looking after younger siblings, offering intimate personal care, and even managing the house finances.
How Your Money Helps
With the money Carefree received from Comic Relief 2008 they have been able to hire a new member of staff to work on a project aimed at a group of young people who were not previously supported.
Josie Bevan-Nichols is now working to provide a service for asylum seeking refugees young carers.
She said, "It means that we're able to address another community which we wouldn't have normally had that funding for.
"We're able to meet more children's needs, which is what we're about."
Nicky agrees, "without the Comic Relief money we wouldn't have Josie on our team now, so it means everything to us."
last updated: 13/03/2009 at 13:27