‘I’ve spent my whole life looking after my mum and my brother. I‘m happy to do that because they’re my family and I love them, but it’s important to ask for help if you need it. Sometimes the burden can be too much for a young carer to handle.’
Beth Dodgson knows what it’s like to look after a loved one and is showing other young carers that it’s okay to ask for support if they need it.
The 22-year-old from Gateshead wants to make sure that others like her remember to take care of their own health and seek help if they’re struggling to cope.
Her story was broadcast on ITV News Tyne Tees on Thursday 5th November.
‘My mum is diabetic and suffers from epilepsy and my brother has both physical and mental disabilities,’ explains Beth.
'The first time I’d have been classed as a carer was when I was between two and three-years-old.
'I saved my mum's life.
'She was having a seizure and I somehow managed to get hold of a phone and contact my grandparents.
‘My life consists of helping with the shopping, making sure the house is clean and knowing which days people have hospital appointments – that’s as well as work and university.’
In the TV piece, Beth shows a film she’s produced, with the help of Fixers, to a group of young carers.
Watch the Fixers film, 'Fragile Heart', by clicking play below.