Young carer Jake goes above and beyond

Young carer Jake Cassidy ('d318a442)
Young carer Jake Cassidy ('d318a442)
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A year eight pupil from Morley Academy has been awarded Yorkshire and Humberside’s Young Carer of the Year award.

Jake Cassidy, 13, has been caring for his mum, Jenny, who suffers from epilepsy and anxiety, since he was seven.

Her condition means that her because of medication and seizures, she feels more exhausted than most.

Jake helps his mum by getting her medication ready, doing the washing up, and looking after his younger sisters who are nine and five.

Associate Principal at Morley Academy, Anne-Marie Garnett said: “He is a lovely boy, a hardworking student, a credit to his family and the academy.”

Jake is currently in training to be a Young Carers’ Ambassador, meaning he will represent young carers like himself across the UK.

St James Place, a nation wide foundation, started the awards four years ago to recognise children who go above and beyond.

Stephen Mitchell, Leeds Foundation representative said: “We had loads of nominations, but Jake came out top and we hope we his family are chuffed.”

The St James’s Place, Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014(YCCA), took place at New Dock Hall, Leeds on Friday October 10 and raised £100,000 for the St James’s Place Foundation, doubling the amount raised in 2013 and contributing hugely towards helping local community groups and organisations in the region.

The awards were compered by Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast journalist and are supported by its amassadors, The Chuckle Brothers.