Annabel just takes car­ing for her brother in her stride

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A YOUNG girl has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Bucks Young Carer Award, spon­sored by Bea­cons­field Freema­sons, af­ter help­ing her fam­ily look af­ter her dis­abled younger brother.

Nine-year-old Annabel An­drews, of Fern­hurst Close, Bea­cons­field, has a younger brother, Caiden, who was born with a rare de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion.

Caiden’s con­di­tion is so se­vere he is un­able to com­mu­ni­cate, of­ten has seizures and has been in and out of hos­pi­tal since birth.

It means Annabel misses out on things that young peo­ple like to do such as fam­ily hol­i­days and hav­ing friends round to play.

But ac­cord­ing to her mother, Melissa An­drews, Annabel has never com­plained and is al­ways will­ing to look af­ter her brother. Miss An­drews said: “Annabel said when she grows up she wants to look af­ter her brother.”

When asked about the nom­i­na­tion Miss An­drews, said: “It’s amaz­ing. It’s re­ally lovely for her to be able to be nom­i­nated for such things be­cause peo­ple don’t re­alise hav­ing a child with dis­abil­i­ties is hard for par­ents but it’s also hard for sib­lings.”

She added: “She kind of just takes it all in her stride. She’s amaz­ing. I think from now it’s be­come our nor­mal­ity. It’s hard for her.”

Her mother said that Annabel adores her lit­tle brother. “It’s amaz­ing,” she said. “She’s so smit­ten with him.”

Miss An­drews added: “She’s al­ways of­fer­ing to look af­ter him and help him.”

And her mother said that Annabel would be “over the moon” with the nom­i­na­tion.

She said: “The past four or five years have been hard. Her lit­tle brother has been in and out of hos­pi­tal and she does get a big brunt of it all.”

She added: “I know when she got the Chair­man’s Spe­cial Award at the South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil Chair­man’s Com­mu­nity and Vol­un­teer­ing Awards, she got so ex­cited about it.

“It was all around her for once, which we know doesn’t hap­pen of­ten so it was amaz­ing.”

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