JLS star Oritsé Williams tells the story of Britain’s Youngest Carers
When the boyband star was propelled to stardom via The X Factor, Oritsé Williams knew he could finally afford to look after his mother Sonia
When boy band JLS were propelled to stardom via The X Factor, founder member Oritsé Williams knew what he was going to spend his new found riches on… but it wasn’t just designer clothes and a flashy car.
Instead, he was relieved to know that he could finally afford to look after his mother Sonia, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.
“What few people knew is that I needed success to pay for her care,” says the singer, 27.
“It’s an issue that shaped my life and is impacting on thousands of other young people across the country.”
In this touching documentary, Oritsé tells the story of Britain’s hidden army of young carers – thought to number around 700,000.
He meets Ty-Reece who, aged six, is looking after his ill mother, plus Clare and Erin, two teens who care for their dad 60 hours a week.