Orpington 13-year-old wins charity cartoon competition

PUBLISHED: 14:52 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:52 24 June 2016

Roxie Hay was named as the winner of a carers' cartoon competition

Roxie Hay was named as the winner of a carers' cartoon competition


The event was part of a workshop aimed at raising awareness of young carers

A 13-year-old youngster from Orpington who cares for her father and brother has won a cartoon competition run by a local charity.

Roxie Hay was named as the winner after members of Carers Bromley’s Comic Relief funded Magic Media Crew attended a workshop as part of a drive to help others understand their role.

The group of 11 to 16-year-olds created their own comic strips and learnt how to use storyboarding skills to develop their own ideas.

The session, which was run with consultant Talmud Bah, began with team-building and drama games to relax the group, helping the young carers to feel comfortable before beginning to draw.

It is hoped the stories they created will help to identify hidden carers and enable others to understand what it is like to be a young carer.

There were too many outstanding entries to name an overall winner, and Miss Hay was successful after a random draw was carried out, winning a gift voucher.

Her father and brother both have autism, and her parents split up when she was three.

Miss Hay said: “The way I care for dad is to help him by keeping him tidy and to not lose his temper when my brother and him get into arguments, as I usually have to sort this out.

“I am the youngest of my family but I feel like I am the oldest. My brother gets socially awkward and sometimes I feel like no one understands me, but at Carers Bromley I know I can talk to someone.”

Lynne Powrie, chief executive of the charity, said: “Our Magic Media Crew had a great time producing cartoons and socialising with other young carers.

“Our aim is to increase local knowledge about young carers and the difficulties they face and this group of young people are ideally placed to do that as they undertake a caring role everyday.”

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