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Posted On: 20th Feb 2013

Unconditional Love

Photo of Jake
Photo of Jake

When Jake Gibbins got a call from his mum at the hospital, it changed his life forever.

 

Hearing his mother had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Jake realised that their roles were going to reverse and he was going to have to become her carer.

 

The 16-year-old from Leeds has been caring for his terminally ill mother for four years, and is now making a short film about the plight of young carers. 

 

His film will be a reconstruction drama of his life after hearing the news, and also what it has been like coping as a young carer.

 

Jake’s  parents split up when he was very young and since his mum fell ill, he says he's had to make a lot of sacrifices.

 

In addition to facing the daily challenges of juggling his schoolwork while caring for his mother, Jake has also had to put his dream of being a basketball player on hold.

 

The film will also highlight the particularly tough time Jake had in school from bullies who mocked him and his mum.

 

‘Before I found out, I was like any other kid hanging out with my friends, but now I’m having to think about other things,' he says.

 

'There is a lot of stigma around young carers and I did get picked on in school for it which was hard to take.'

 

He says there are not enough resources to support young carers.

 

'I chose to work with Fixers, because they can help me create something really hard hitting. I also want to raise awareness around the issue and hopefully make a positive difference.'

Author: N.Farooq

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