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Charity focuses on young carers
Those watching loved ones open gifts under the tree on Christmas Day should spare a thought for the many youngsters who will not have that experience, a national children's charity has said.
Spurgeons, which works across England to support and protect young people, has launched a campaign highlighting the challenges youths with full time caring responsibilities for family members have to go through, particularly during the holiday season.
The charity said its 'Just Another Day' campaign focused on the thousands of young carers who are called upon to administer drugs, cook meals, clean properties, look after siblings and many more tasks way beyond their years. The average age of a young carer in England is 12-years-old.
Spurgeons said it wants people to send messages of support to young carers and for the carers themselves to share their own stories via social media.
"Christmas is a lovely, but hectic time," the charity's CEO Tim Jeffery said.
"However it's a very challenging time for thousands of young carers.
"As their friends are celebrating, opening presents and resting, it is just another day for many young carers."
Mr Jeffery said young carers found it harder than usual during Christmas to cover day-to-day costs of running a household.
"These young people show tremendous skill, passion, knowledge and effort to do what they do every single day of the year," he said.
"We'd like to show our appreciation for the work they do, and hope the public follow suit."
The charity has launched a video detailing the work of young carers as part of the campaign.