A young carer since I was three

“I am indebted to the charities, for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Without the charity’s support, I would not have been able to achieve the things I’ve achieved so far…”

Roger had been a carer for his younger brother David since he himself was only three years old; David has Downs Syndrome, has had open heart surgery and copes with a number of long-term disabilities. In addition to these significant challenges, Roger’s father suffered a cardiac event which left him with a lifelong brain injury that rendered him unable to work.

Despite these setbacks, Roger was able to continue his studies at boarding school. He achieved 10 GCSEs, progressed into Sixth Form and won the prestigious accolade of Young Engineer of the Year (with his team) at the National Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) competition. Roger won the award for his design and construction of a hot-rod car, ‘Attitude Adjustment’, which has been especially adapted to meet the needs of his brother. Since then, Roger has started an apprenticeship with a car manufacturer.