Soap actor Jay Kontzle, who says he owes everything to his grandparents, is supporting a campaign to better support caregivers to get “the recognition they deserve. “.
The 32-year-old, who played Billy Fletcher in ITV’s Emmerdale, was raised by his paternal grandparents after the death of his mother when he was four years old.
As part of a charity campaign, he is calling on people to sign a petition calling on the Government to better support caregivers.
Kontzle, an ambassador for charity Kinship, said: “I owe my grandparents everything. They raised me and took care of me from thick to thin.
“They gave me a purpose and a sense of belonging but they never received any recognition or support for what they did and the sacrifices they made.
“I support Kinship’s campaign because caregivers should be supported to feed in their own flesh and blood, not penalized.”
The married and two-child actor appeared in a campaign video, explaining his desire for people to understand how important kinship is.
“My nanny had to quit her job as a nurse to take care of me, and my grandfather had to work night shifts to earn extra money,” he said.
“They really struggled to make ends meet and use their pensions to take care of me. Sometimes, being a caregiver for a relative can be overwhelming without any emotional or financial support for yourself or the child.
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“My behavior was terrible as a kid and I can be a nightmare sometimes because of what I went through, but they never gave up on me.
“My grandparents didn’t mean to raise me but they did because they loved me, and they didn’t get any help, despite all the sacrifices they made, and it’s not right or wrong. equal.”
The actor added that caregivers need recognition and support to try to do the right thing.
“Without them, I would have grown up in the care and kindness of knowing what would happen to me,” he said.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/emmerdale-star-jay-kontzle-says-his-grandparents-gave-him-a-sense-of-belonging-42078072.html Emmerdale star Jay Kontzle says his grandparents gave him a ‘sense of belonging’