Friday 28 October 2016

Holly Willoughby bursts into tears as young carer is recognised on This Morning

Published 28/01/2016 | 17:36

Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby

TV presenter Holly Willoughby burst into tears on This Morning during an insert showing the team surprising an inspirational teenager on air.

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Willoughby wiped tears from her eyes as she and her co-host Phillip Schofield spoke to Michael Underwood who was at Wellington school in Ayr.

At the school, 13-year-old pupil Amy was presented with an iPad, books and singing lessons by Underwood in recognition for her amazing work as a young carer to her mother - who suffers aneurysms in her neck and brain - and her two disabled siblings.

Tears poured down the cheeks of mother-of-three Willoughby and she hurriedly brushed them away as they chatted on the phone to Amy, whose surname was not given, and who thought she had been called to the headmaster's office to be told off.

As Amy said, "Thank you, thank you so much! This is like far too much! This is unbelievable, I thought I was getting into trouble," Willoughby, Underwood and Schofield burst out laughing.

Willoughby replied: "You are an amazing little girl, you really are. What an incredible thing to do."

Holding her hand to her chest, she turned to Schofield and said: "It's all too much, I can't".

The presenters were then joined by Oritse Williams from JLS who was supporting Young Carers Awareness Day and he offered personal singing lessons to Amy too.

Amy is one of 700,000 carers under the age of 18 in the UK who may miss out on a social life to look after their families.

"I'm definitely missing out, but it's a part of my life, and that's the way it is... I love my family more than I can say. I don't know what I'd do without them," Amy said.

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