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News: Young car­er Sherice jug­gles Col­lege with look­ing after her mum

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As part of National Young Carers Awareness Day today (31st January), which recognises the contribution of hundreds of thousands of young carers throughout the UK, we spoke to young adult carer Sherice Davies and her mum Donna.

Sherice, 20, from Top Val­ley, devotes much of her spare time look­ing after her 44-year-old mum, Don­na, who, after being diag­nosed with Sep­sis in Feb­ru­ary last year, suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure and a stroke, leav­ing her unable to do the dai­ly tasks you and I might take for granted.

Inspi­ra­tional Sherice jug­gles her stud­ies at Not­ting­ham Col­lege with the respon­si­bil­i­ties of car­ing for her mum. From the moment she wakes up in the morn­ing Sherice helps her with tasks like get­ting washed and dressed, cook­ing and prepar­ing meals, ensur­ing she takes the cor­rect med­ica­tion at the right time each day, and pro­vid­ing that all-impor­tant emo­tion­al support.

Don­na brought her daugh­ter Sherice and her twin broth­er Rhys up as a sin­gle par­ent. Sherice said: In the 20 years I’ve been on this plan­et I’ve nev­er real­ly been away from my mum so we have a real­ly close rela­tion­ship; she’s like a best friend to me. My broth­er works full-time so it was eas­i­er for me to take on the respon­si­bil­i­ty of becom­ing my mum’s car­er, and it’s nev­er been an issue, it was like sec­ond nature to me and I wouldn’t have it any oth­er way.”

Don­na was work­ing as a clean­er right up until the day she was rushed into hos­pi­tal and put into inten­sive care. My mum is dia­bet­ic and she stopped eat­ing and drink­ing so I knew some­thing was wrong. After the doc­tor saw her she was admit­ted to hos­pi­tal and every­thing hap­pened real­ly quick­ly after that. She suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure as a result of the infec­tion which was so scary, but she recov­ered well in hos­pi­tal, and we thought we were over the worst of it, but one night she went to bed and when she woke up she couldn’t talk”, explains Sherice.

Don­na had suf­fered a func­tion­al stroke which affect­ed her speech and mobility. 

My mum now relies on a wheel­chair to get about and strug­gles to get up and down the stairs, so on the days I’m at Col­lege she is con­fined to her bed­room. I do wor­ry about her when I’m not at home but I know she wouldn’t want me to give up Col­lege and my career. 

 — Sherice Davies

Sherice start­ed Col­lege after leav­ing school and has spent the past four years gain­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions in hair­dress­ing, bar­ber­ing, nail art, and now Lev­el 3 Beau­ty Ther­a­py. She was study­ing bar­ber­ing at the time her mum fell ill. Sherice explains: I remem­ber at the time near­ly quit­ting, but my mum encour­aged me to stick with it and I’m so glad I did. Despite what my mum’s been through she’s still a huge sup­port to me and I want to make her proud.

Since qual­i­fy­ing as a hair­dress­er I’ve built up reg­u­lar clients who know and under­stand my cir­cum­stances, so they come to my house to have their hair done, which works real­ly well. It’s also nice for my mum to have peo­ple around. Once I’ve com­plet­ed my beau­ty ther­a­py course I’m hop­ing to expand the treat­ments I offer.

Don­na said:

I’m so grate­ful and thank­ful to my daugh­ter. She is absolute­ly amaz­ing and I want to see her suc­ceed in life. 

My ill­ness has tak­en away a lot of my inde­pen­dence, which has been very hard to deal with, and my con­di­tion hasn’t real­ly improved over the past year, but I’m deter­mined to stay pos­i­tive. I’m still here when I could have died in inten­sive care, so I’m just grate­ful that I can still be around for my chil­dren. Watch­ing the enjoy­ment Sherice gets from being at Col­lege makes me so hap­py and gives me so much comfort. 

 — Don­na Davies

Dionne Ram­say, Achieve­ment Coach at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, works with stu­dents who are young car­ers. She said: The theme of this year’s Young Car­ers Aware­ness Day is men­tal health. Many peo­ple become car­ers at a young age, which can be incred­i­bly stress­ful. We work with our own young car­ers and young adult car­ers to sup­port their men­tal well­be­ing, and sign­post them to addi­tion­al sup­port services. 

The first time I sat and spoke to Sherice she told me about her mum and how she sup­ports and cares for her. She amazes me how she man­ages to jug­gle it all; attend­ing Col­lege and keep­ing up with her work. She is doing very well on the course and is always so pos­i­tive. I don’t think she realis­es how inspir­ing she is.”

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  • 31st January 2019 (11:13 AM)
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