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Young Carer overcoming the odds awarded

Overcoming the odds

Published on Friday 22 March 2013 11:58

A TEENAGER who battled anorexia while caring for his mother has been awarded with a top honour.

David Dorrian, from Hartlepool, admits he had an obsession with losing weight after joining the gym and getting addicted to cardiovascular training and cutting his calories.

His weight plummeted from 14st 2lb to just 8st in a matter of months after his addiction got out of control and he was surviving on just a packet of steamed vegetables a day and soup.

Medics feared he could be close to death and were concerned about the effect on his internal organs.

But during a year-long battle with anorexia aged just 16, he continued to care for his mum Janet, who was diagnosed with the debilitating condition multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was 21 and has limited mobility.

Husband who cares for his wife with MS faces misery because they have a spare bedroom

‘I’d rather go to jail than pay bedroom tax’ – husband carer’s desperation over controversial welfare cut

PETER PAPWORTH, who looks after his disabled wife, says he’d rather be behind bars than pay the Con-Dem’s bedroom tax.

Peter and Amanda Papworth
Peter and Amanda Papworth

A HUSBAND who cares for his disabled wife is among the first people to be hit by the Con-Dem Government’s controversial bedroom tax.

Peter Papworth received a demand from Highland Council this week but vows he will go to jail rather than pay.

The 38-year-old lives with wife Amanda, who has multiple sclerosis, in a two-bedroom house in Inverness.

But Highland Council say the couple must fork out £9.96 a week from next month as they have a spare room.

He is now demanding a meeting with local Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander – a leading member of the Coalition Government behind the tax.

Peter said: “My stomach is knotted with anger. To some people it might only be £40 a month but we simply cannot afford it. This will have a devastating effect on us.”

Lack of care workers forces disabled woman into care home

Disabled woman forced to leave home due to lack of care workers


A disabled woman has been forced to leave her home because of a lack of care workers.

Kathleen Robertson, 60, had been able to live in her flat in Ellon with the help of staff from care-at-home providers, Raeburn Healthcare four times a week.

But when Raeburn announced they did not have enough staff to continue their support, Aberdeenshire Council social workers also said they could not find any workers to help her either.

Mrs Robertson, who has multiple sclerosis and is paralysed from the neck down, has been living on her own in a specially-modified flat for three years, but now she has had no choice but to lose her independence and move to nearby Auchtercrag Care Home.