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Carer of the Year: Family Carers Ireland will select one winner from every County (ROI only). Each County winner will then go forward for the overall Netwatch Carer of the Year 2020.
Young Carer of the Year: Family Carers Ireland will select one winner from every region (Leinster, Munster, Connacht, Ulster) and each will win the Netwatch Young Carer of the Year 2020.
Pictured is 2019 Netwatch Carer of the Year Marcin Filak from Kildalkey, Co. Meath with his wife Ola.
There are an estimated 56,000 children between the ages of 10 and 17yrs providing care to ill or disabled relatives in the home. Their work often goes unrecognised and their own social, health and educational needs are often neglected. These children provide annually 2.2 million hours of care and close to 1000 provide more than 43 hours of care per week.
Pictured from left to right are 2019 Netwatch Young Carers of the Year Matthew McCartin, Áine Grant, Hailey Golden and Lily Power.