My mum has Grave's disease and I've been caring for her since I was five.
Primary school and secondary school were both really hard for me. My secondary school attendance was very low and the teachers didn't realise what I was going through so there was a huge lack of understanding. My grades were affected and teachers could be quite harsh about it.
I made a film with Fixers because I want to show teachers just how much young carers have to do - we have a lot more on our plates than the average student and getting some leniency when it comes to things like essay deadlines could really help us.
Anyone can be in a caring role and it's important that teachers are patient and understanding. I hope to show the film at teacher training events.
Heart of Bucks is proud to support Fixers to help enable young people in Buckinghamshire to address the issues that matter to them through their Fixer projects.
Heart of Bucks is the county’s community foundation and our main aim is to encourage and enable localised ‘giving back’, so that together we can fund a wide range of charitable projects across Buckinghamshire.
As a community foundation, we secure donations from individuals, trusts and organisations that want to make a difference in the areas they are passionate about. Through providing bespoke services to our donors, we can ensure that their charitable giving is maximised throughout the county.
Throughout the year local charities and not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply for funding for a hugely diverse array of projects. Applications are then considered six times a year by our grants panel, which consists entirely of Buckinghamshire-based volunteers.
Heart of Bucks are part of a network of 48 very similar but independent community foundations throughout the UK, all working to encourage and enable local giving.