HELPING HAND: Jules Davis says taking care of his father is
HELPING HAND: Jules Davis says taking care of his father is "no big deal". Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post Linden Morris

Being a carer no big deal for teen

AT THE age of 15 Jules Davis officially became his father's full-time carer and, in the two years that followed, also took on the role of carer for his four younger siblings.

Now 17, Jules has learnt how to balance his role at home with being a teenager.

"I moved here at the end of 2009 and Dad was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in December 2010," Jules said.

"I just asked myself what I could do to help so I applied for a carer's pension to help out."

Jules, who completed his senior schooling at Stanthorpe State High School last year, said caring for his family was a normal part of life.

"It is just run of the mill for me now. It feels like how a normal family should be," he said.

Jules also said he hoped to be starting part-time work soon to further contribute to the household.

"It is all part of the steps to becoming an adult so it seems normal to me," he said.

Father of five Col Davis said he was extremely proud of his son.

"I'm amazed. He has gone above and beyond the call," Mr Davis said.

"He graduated high school while still getting to do all the fun stuff and had to put up with me along the way.

"He has done really well."

Jules said when he was not taking care of his family he was perfecting his music.

The talented musician made no secret of his dream to one day make it big.

"My friends and I are trying to put together a record at the moment," he said.

"We have the right equipment and know the right people so hopefully it works out."

Mr Davis said it was nice to be able to see all his kids happy and well looked after.

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