I HAD TO LEARN HOW TO COPE
ELIZABETH Goodenough is 16 and plays a major role in the care of her brother Oliver, 11.
Oliver suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, with disruptive behaviour towards authority figures.
While her parents Clare, 42, and James, 43, take main responsibility for Oliver, Elizabeth is permanently on call.
She combines this with cooking, shopping, laundry and cleaning the family’s Twickenham home while also looking after her sisters Amelia, 12, and Scarlett, six.
The A-level student said: “I have in the past found it quite difficult to cope and my mental health wasn’t the best.
“My brother can be very very difficult, loud and physical. Now I’m older, I understand more about his condition and I cope better.
“Sometimes I do feel all these jobs are going to get on top of me, but I have developed coping strategies and I know how to ask for help.”
Elizabeth with brother Oliver