Young Carer of the Year Award
Winner: Richard Ludford
Richard was nominated by Alice Dias from the Carers Hub Lambeth
Richard, who is now 18 years old is a young adult carer for his mother, Marianna, who has a seizure disorder and cerebral palsy.
Since an early age, Richard and his younger sister, Liz, have been responsible for the upkeep of the house, finances and shopping. Richard is also the main support for his sister, who is now 15.
Richard has been a part of Young Carers since 2017, participating in their activities and peer support groups.
Richard has always put supporting his mother and his sister first even though this leaves him little time to himself. Richard has been described as his family's pillar, providing them with both practical and emotional support.
Many people were moved by Richard's touching words and positive spirit on collecting his award. Richard said: "I didn't even know there were awards for people like me. We don't do it for the recognition, we do it for our family, they love us and it's us giving back to them."
We are all very inspired by Richard's story. Thank you for all you continue to do.
Ose Odia, young carer for her brother