JLS' Oritsé Williams to front Channel 4 doc Britain's Youngest Carers

Published Wednesday, Apr 9 2014, 16:10 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Oritsé Williams is set to front a new on-off documentary titled Britain's Youngest Carers.

Oritsé, who was the founding member of boy band JLS, will meet young carers from across the UK who take care of their parents on a daily basis.

Oritse Williams outside ITV Studios
London, United Kingdom

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The one hour programme commissioned by Channel 4 is scheduled to air later this year.

Oritsé has first-hand experience, as he became a young carer at the age of 12 after his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The programme will also feature expert Professor Saul Becker, who provides Oritsé with the hard facts and figures about young carers in the UK today.

"I wanted to make this film on Britain's Young Carers to bring awareness to the public after feeling isolated as a young carer myself," said Oritsé. "In this programme I expose the unknown."

JLS - Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and JB Gill - perfrom their last gig at the 02 Arena
London, United Kingdom

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Oritsé performing with JLS.

Official figures show that around 200,000 children in the UK are caring for their parents. The last census showed that the biggest age group increase in young carers was with children under 7 years old.

Commissioner Ade Rawcliffe said: "The statistics about the number of young carers in Britain today are devastating and through his experience of being a young carer himself, Oritse authoring his first documentary, was able to bring an authentic voice to stories rarely told in the mainstream media."

Oritsé rose to fame as one fourth of JLS after starring on The X Factor in 2008. The boy band - consisting of Oritsé, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and JB Gill - came in second place and went on to enjoy six successful years in the music industry with a string of chart-topping hits.

The boys announced their split last year with a 'Goodbye' farewell tour and greatest hits album. They played their last concert at London's O2 Arena on 21 December,

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