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Posted On: 8th Sep 2015

Have A Care Fix On ITV

Fixer Lydia Hartnell
Lydia cares for her younger brother
Maureen Muckersie, Devon County Council

‘As a young carer I feel that we are often made to feel invisible. People just don’t understand what we do.’

Lydia Hartnell (16) and her group from Devon look after dependent loved ones and want others to recognise the vital work they do.

Their story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (W) on Friday 25th September 2015.

In the TV piece, the team shed light on their responsibilities at home and explain that they often feel overlooked and ignored by their peers and health care professionals.

‘My younger brother has cystic fibrosis - a genetic disorder that affects his lungs and digestive system,’ says Lydia.

‘I’ve been caring for him since he was born.

‘I have to deal with medical professionals and when I’m there they ignore me and go straight to mum or dad.

‘I know other young carers in my local area share the same frustration with health care professionals, schools and friendship groups.’

With Fixers, the group have helped create a film to offer insight into life as a young carer.

It features two young people who feel isolated by their responsibilities at home, before a chance encounter shows them they’re not alone.

You can watch the group’s Fixers film ‘Young Adult Carers’ below.



Lydia shows the film to Maureen Muckersie from Devon County Council in the TV piece.

‘I thought it was really powerful,’ Maureen comments.

‘I don’t think people are aware of the responsibilities young carers take on.

‘We can use this as a resource for all the training that we do across Devon.’

Lydia adds: ‘We hope our project will lead to a greater understanding of what young carers do.

‘It would be great it if could make us more visible in society.’


You can watch the group's TV film at the top of this page.


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