Daisy Recognised at Northamptonshire Carers Awards
The selfless Year 10 student has helped to look after her five-year-old sister Grace since her mum Donna developed a serious back problem which means she now has trouble walking and finds household jobs difficult.
Daisy plays an invaluable role by helping to get Grace ready for school, cooking dinner, putting Grace to bed and doing other jobs around the house when needed.
Her mum nominated her in the Northamptonshire Carers Awards and they both attended a special ceremony at Rushton Hall, where Daisy was awarded second place in the Jane Roebuck Young Carer of the Year category. As well as her award, she received two Saints tickets and £45 in WHSmith vouchers.
Daisy said: "It was an honour to even be shortlisted and to be there. When I got the letter in the post to say I'd been nominated, I was so shocked. I started crying when I read what Mum had said about me."
Daisy is a member of a Young Carers group, which offers her advice, support and trips out.
She said: "Mum's condition has definitely made us closer as a family. Being a carer is just something you get on with: if I can do anything to help, then I will."
Miss Helsdown said: "Daisy was only 11 when I first had problems with my back, and Grace was only 18-months-old. She was like a little mum as well as a sister to Grace - she was changing nappies as well as looking after me. Nothing is ever too much for her but she never looks for any thanks.
"Daisy has been my rock - I think they broke the mould when they made her."