The BBC surveyed more than 4,000 secondary school pupils using a specially-designed psychometric test. It found an “invisible army” – totalling 8% of those tested – were taking on caring roles, which included helping someone dress, bathe or shower. The number of young carers had been estimated at only 175,000, or 2%, based on the 2001 census, which had to be filled in by parents.
Nicky Rudd, MD of Padua Communications says: “We’re thrilled to annouce that our charity for this year is Surrey Young Carers. The figures that the BBC report highlight are absolutely shocking. I have a family friend whose three children are all carers, so when I heard the figures at the end of last year, I decided to choose Surrey Young Carers as the company’s chosen charity for 2011.”
Padua Communications will be volunteering its time and linking with the charity at a number of events. The company is also planning a fundraiser for the charity later in the year. Watch this space for more details.