THREE young carers have received this months Wokingham Borough Mayor’s Roll of Honour awards for their commitment and contribution to the area.

Siblings Rachel and Charlotte Smith were nominated by Phil Hollis from the councils young carers service. He described them as young people who have ‘strength’ and ‘determination’.

Rachael and Charlotte both support their family through emotional care and are always there for their siblings. They also support other people in the young carers forum and have recently handed out flyers to the public and talked to council staff about being young carers.

The Wokingham Borough Mayor councillor John Kaiser is happy to bring attention to young carers.

He said: “I am really pleased to shine a spotlight on these young carers. As a young carer it brings additional responsibilities to these young people.

"Many of them want to help their family. But being a young carer with responsibilities can cause challenges both at home or school and in their social life.

“Charlotte and Rachael are very committed to engaging and working to improve the young carers service not only for themselves but for other young carers.”

Ryan Osborn who cares for his dad has completed a triathlon to raise money for Help for Heroes and shaved his head for charity also received the honours award.

Cllr Kaiser added: “Ryan is a young man who has shown character in the face of adversity. It has been an honour to meet and present them with these awards that they are so deserving of.”

Any borough resident can be nominated for the award and the council are looking to recognise people who go the extra mile for others.

Cllr Kaiser said: “Maybe by fostering, volunteering or being a carer; there are many thousands of such people out there and we need to hear about them. For children and young people, we would like to hear about those who have overcome adversity.”