Case study: Kaleeq's story
05 June 2008
Kaleeq is 16 years old. He has a life threatening heart condition and spends months at a time in hospital. He’s been on a life support machine and is currently on the transplant list for a new heart. Kaleeq is also a young carer.
His mum is blind - she has never seen Kaleeq's younger brother. His older brother is at University in Nottingham and this means that Kaleeq is the main carer.
Although his parents recently separated, his dad has some contact with the family, but this means Kaleeq’s caring role has become a lot harder and more involved. He helps his mum with things like getting round the house, preparing food, household chores and doing the shopping.
At the same time, he tries to do all the normal things that young people do - but with a family to look after and a heart condition sometimes this can be very difficult! For the past eight years, The Children’s Society has been helping young carers get the support and respite they need through an annual festival.
Kaleeq has joined over 1800 young carers from all over the country at the Young Carers Festival in Southampton for the past couple of years. By joining in activities such as abseiling, canoeing, archery, art, drama, chill-out zones and much more, Kaleeq has been able to meet other young carers and been able to indulge in his passion for cricket!
Most importantly he feels supported. This festival is really important for helping give young carers a bit of break, helping them with coping strategies and making sure that they feel heard on a national level.
“Thank you so much for the festival. It made me feel stronger knowing that I’m not the only young carer in the world.” Kaleeq