Oritsé Williams on his experience as a carer, love of the NHS and his BBC documentary

Former JLS band member Oritsé Williams came into the talkRADIO studio today to talk about his BBC documentary Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS.

The former JLS star spoke movingly about caring for his ill mother

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Former JLS star Oritsé Williams came into the talkRADIO studio today to talk about his BBC documentary Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS.

The documentary explores how the NHS looks after the elderly population through detailing Williams's experience in caring for his mother. Williams has been a carer for his mother Sonia from the age of 12 following her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis.

He told listeners what he and his family have gone through. 

"I was just a kid," he told Paul Ross. "Everything happened so quickly, I was thrust into this carer role because it was someone I Ioved.

"I didn't know how bad it was going to get over the years. I didn't know it was going to get increasingly worse, but I just took care of my mum, no matter what. 

"It was one of those things where life just takes you by surprise, but she was so amazing because she was so selfless. She wanted to take the pressure off us, she was always saying 'there are people who are much worse, so we must be greatful'.

"That's why I find my mother so special and so unique."

Williams, who wrote a song called Take Care Of You to honour his mother, explained why the documentary was particularly needed at this point in time.

"I feel like it's appropriate in the post-Brexit scandals around the NHS," he added. "We should celebrate our National Health Service - this is something unique to our country, we all benefit from it. 

"There's an appreciation which needs to be shown to the NHS and the very hardworking people which are in it. 

"This documentary was a way for me to show my appreciation for what the NHS has done for my family."

Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS is available on iPlayer.