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Josh, 17, from Carnforth, Lancashire

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Josh is a young carer, and helps care for his younger brother Jacob, who is 15. Jacob has a condition called ADNP or Helsmoortel- Van Der Aa Syndrome. Jacob’s condition is rare and means that he has severe learning difficulties, global development delay and some physical problems. Jacob needs around the clock care which is provided by his parents – Darren and Lisa – and Josh. Caring for Jacob can be tough so away from this Josh finds solace in gardening, and following some volunteering at a local garden – Levens Hall Gardens – he has been taken on as an apprentice. Josh has been supported by Carer Support South Lakes which use a grant from BBC Children in Need to deliver a range of activities to give young carers like Josh, respite from their responsibilities and develop their skills and confidence.

The Rickshaw Challenge is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to taking on the challenge and sharing my story. I can’t wait to be out on the road with the rest of the team and I hope that we see lots of support from the public along the way.

Josh

Carer Support South Lakes provides support to young carers who live in a rural area. The support programme enables them to participate in a range of activities such as life skills workshops and trips and socials in a supportive environment which helps to build their confidence and self-esteem, whilst increasing the opportunities available to them.

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