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Last Updated: Monday, 8 August 2005, 18:29 GMT 19:29 UK
Fund-raising young carer awarded
A teenager who looks after his disabled father and brother has won an award for helping other young carers.

Marc Shuter, 17, of North Walsham, Norfolk, raised 9,000 to take other young carers to Disneyland Paris.

Marc also looks after his father, who is blind, and his brother Daniel, 23, who has Downs Syndrome, while his mother, Sonya, is out at work.

Marc, who plans a career in the charitable sector, has won a Nationwide Award for Voluntary Endeavour.

The national awards are designed to recognise individuals and groups throughout the UK who have made an outstanding contribution to their local community.

National finals

"I have been a carer all my life because Daniel is older and I have grown with him with the Down's Syndrome and I have never known any different," he said.

He said his father's diabetes had slowly hit home when he started to go blind.

Marc's father, Adrian, said his younger son raised the money while he was dealing with the pressures of his father's failing sight.

Daniel said the award had made him very proud of his brother. "He means the world to me," he said.

As a regional winner in the under 18s category, Marc now goes on to the national finals.




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